All that's good about British colonial architecture is exemplified in the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware's simple white facade, wooden monsoon shutters, and colonnaded verandas. Look for hundreds of delicate antique tea sets from the Tang (618–907) through the Qing (1644–1911) dynasties filling the rooms that once housed the commander of the British forces. Skip the lengthy, confusing tea-ceremony descriptions and concentrate on the porcelain pieces themselves.
Look out for the unadorned brownish-purple clay of the Yixing pots, whose beauty hinges on perfect form. A room on the ground floor has interactive computer stations on the history of tea.