Lying on the central axis line of Beijing, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower are two brick and wood structures built in 1272 and regarded as the symbol of teh City. We visited these two sites and then had the opportunity in the Bell Tower to take part in a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.

Our host introduced us to the ceremonial process of making Tea the Chinese way, as well as we were able to taste five different types of tea.

Tea Tips included: You brew the tea for less than a minute – that way you get all the flavour and none of the bitterness.

Pu-erh tea is a variety of fermented tea produced in the Yunnan province and has enormous health benefits and the tea lasts tens of years!

When drinking the tea you only take three sips – hence the small cups!

There are several types of tea: green tea, oolong tea, red tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, puerh tea and flower tea. Fruit tea was Bailey’s favourite and Zara loved the Jasmine Rose tea; and naturally I was obsessed with all the teapots, cups, trays, utensils (and did some serious damage in the shop later!).

Last but not least, she surprised us all with a “pee-pee-boy”.