Tea Houses

By Viator, February 2014

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Teahouses are everywhere in Shanghai–certainly no surprise given that tea is an integral part of the history, culture and daily life in China. Today, the teahouse serves as a meeting place for people to share ideas, just as it has for centuries. The city’s thousands of teahouses, from traditional to modern, offer a wide range of excellent Chinese teas and typically serve light local fare.

To experience the old-school charm of the classic Chinese teahouse, head to Shanghai Old Street, where many of them are clustered. One to try: The Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, located in the Yuyuan Garden. It’s the oldest teahouse in the city and a visitor favorite (even Queen Elizabeth sipped a cup here several years ago).

Note to coffee drinkers: Don’t despair, as many Western-style cafes, including countless Starbucks locations, also populate the city.

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