Tea drinking has been elevated to a high art in Shanghai, where the hot beverage has been consumed for millennia. Here are a few ways to acquaint yourself with Chinese tea culture in Shanghai, whether you want to taste different types of tea, learn about traditional brewing techniques, or simply sip, chat, and people-watch.
- Sample all kinds of different Chinese tea, from green tea and black varieties to oolong, jasmine, and pu-erh, and learn how to distinguish the nuances of flavor and aroma during a guided tea tasting.
- Enjoy the serenity of an old-school Chinese teahouse, where soothing music and incense contribute to the relaxing atmosphere.
- Let a tea master educate you on the history of tea in China and find out some of the reasons behind tea’s popularity, from its flavor and medicinal value to its purported spiritual powers.
- Learn about Chinese culture, correct tea ceremony etiquette, and common customs during a tea tour.
- Watch tea being prepared using traditional implements and methods that have been honed over the centuries at a traditional teahouse.
- Taste sweet treats, such as mooncakes, which are often paired with tea during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, on a dessert and tea tour.
- Combine afternoon tea with a walking tour that allows you to explore the Bund and Shanghai Old Town (Nanshi) with a guide.