This is what jet-lagged traveler dreams are made of: Cathay Pacific’s newest and largest airport lounge in Hong Kong, The Pier, has a dedicated tea house.
This teahouse is only open to Business and First Class airline passengers, but it begs the question: can I live here?
This lounge and tea house have been open since June 2016.
It is part of Cathay Pacific’s huge lounge complex that includes a Food Hall, Bar, Coffee kiosks, Noodle Bar, Showers, Business Center, and Relaxation rooms (aka nap rooms).
Pictures of the rest of the lounge, including its swanky design, are included at the bottom of this post.
The Tea House
The teahouse can comfortably seat 40+ people.
They serve JING-brand teas, with a fixed menu of 10 teas plus a seasonal special.
They have three serving methods: typical tea pot, glass tea carafe, and a gaiwan-like thing. Most all teas are served in the tea pots. The Iron Buddha and the Pu-erh are served in the gaiwan-like thing.
Based on an informal survey of the staff, the JING 1990s Royal Loose Cooked Pu-erh is currently the most popular tea, followed by the JING Lemongrass & Ginger.
Each loose leaf tea is weighed on a digital scale before brewing. For breakfast tea, they do 8g. For Pu-erh, 4.2g. Sencha gets 5.6g.
- Ceylon Breakfast
- Earl Grey
- Lemongrass & Ginger
- Japanese Sencha
- Organic Jade Sword
- Traditional Iron Buddha
- Jasmine Silver Needle
- 1990s Royal Loose Cooked Pu-erh
Plus a seasonal tea, which at the time of my visit was Organic Bohea Lapsang Black Tea. Last season, it was Dragonwell Green Tea.
I ordered the Pu-er to start, then the Sencha, and finally another Sencha.
Sweets and Snacks
In addition to three fresh juice smoothies, there is a well-stocked sweets bar in the tea house.
Here are two options which are tea-themed:
The Pier Business Class Lounge in Hong Kong is the nicest airport lounge that I’ve ever visited.
I loved this lounge so much that I asked if I could change my flight.
Between each tea serving, I visited the Noodle Bar to eat beef shumai and rice noodles.
This post has the most narrow audience: those interested in both tea houses and business class lounges.
Thanks to Karis and Phoenix, two of the tea stewards, for serving me multiple times during my layover en route home to New York City.
It was a damn pleasure to have a long layover here, and I would happily do it again.