We invite you to visit our Museum on 23 March 2018, at 4:00 p.m.
Tea has been a favourite drink for more than thousands years and now it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Today it is hard to imagine that in the old days it was a highly prized luxury item and it was one of the best celebrated gifts to Royalty. In different countries there are traditional ways of drinking tea, but the essence of tea drinking is the same; tea gives strength, provides an opportunity to relax and keep a conversation going. Probably, there is no other place in the world where tea has played such an important role as in Kyakhta.
The glorious city of Kyakhta can be proud of having connected various lands and civilizations with the famous trade route «The Great Tea Way».
The 20th century was the period of flowering of Kyakhta trade . Via Kyakhta, foreign goods went to China: English, French, Dutch and German products. During its golden age Kyakhta was called the «Russian Capital of Tea», «Golden Gate of Russia», «The City of Millionaires.» Tea, gradually conquering the Russian and Siberian markets, became the main item of Chinese trade. There had been rapid increase in the tea import since the 90s of 18th century, in the 19th century. Tea became the main commodity of all Kyakhta trade.
A unique collection of tea is presented in the Kyakhta Museum of Local History, which has no analogues in Russia. At the exhibition «Tea Tradition and Modernity» are displayed such samples of Chinese tea as «Zuy-se», «Mian-zun», «Ta-chen», «Pekling», «Zhemchuzhny», «Oolong», tile tea, brick tea etc. To discover how complicated were the procedure of preparing tea leaf for sale and transportation of tea, you can see the photos of N.A. Charushin, an ethnographer, publicist, Narodnik, who lived in Troitskosavsk from 1885 to 1895.
On display are also other items of trade Japanese and Chinese decorative arts and crafts, as well as wooden sculptures that reflect the life of the Chinese people showing how people work and rest.
The exhibition «Tea Tradition and Modernity» will run until June 10, 2018.
Our address: 29, Kommunistichesky Avenue, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
For information, call: 728799 (ext. 119), Tatyana Mungunovna Chen