Lift the lid on Shanghai’s tea culture and sweet treats on this small-group afternoon tea and dessert tour. Stroll along Huaihai Road and after sampling Chinese mooncakes, visit a tea house for a classic tea ceremony. Taste delicate Chinese green and black teas as you discover traditional tea drinking etiquette, and finish at a Cantonese dessert restaurant to try popular cold sweets such as milk pudding and mousse cake.
Chinese afternoon tea and dessert tour in Shanghai
Stroll on Huaihai Road as you learn about Shanghai’s tea culture and puddings
Sample popular Chinese mooncakes at two pastry shops
Enjoy an afternoon tea ceremony at a tea house
Taste aromatic green and black teas and learn about tea drinking etiquette
Try popular Cantonese desserts such as milk pudding and almond tofu
Meet your guide and small group in central Shanghai, and stroll along Huaihai Road, a popular shopping and food haunt.
As you walk, hear about Shanghai’s love of tea and tea drinking rituals, and learn about the different tea varieties that hail from various regions of China.
For starters, visit two pastry shops to sample Chinese mooncakes. These delicious pastry-coated cakes feature savory or sweet fillings and are usually circular to symbolize family reunions. Sample some varieties and learn how the cakes are usually served with tea, and most popular during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival.
Next, head inside a tea house and enjoy a classic tea ceremony as you learn about China’s historical tea culture and how it rose to favor in the west during the 1800s. Savor varieties such as pu-erh, ginseng oolong, and jasmine and black tea from Fujian, and learn about the roles of differently sized cups and temperatures of water used for different varieties.
Finally, visit a Cantonese dessert restaurant to taste some traditional sweets. Sample cold treats such as milk pudding with purple sticky rice, jellied mousse cake, papaya, and scrumptious mango purée and almond tofu.
Your tour then ends in the area when your guide departs.
I had a fantastic time sampling different desserts and teas with Jim. I learned so much about not only Chinese history and culture, but also about the art of serving and drinking tea. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Shanghai!
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about tea. It was just my wife and I so we got a really nice experience watching a tea master make several kinds of tea. It was interesting to see the flavors develop over various rinses and refills. Our favorites were a black smoky tea, and a fresh Jasmine tea. All of the tea was top quality, in fact I'm writing this review while sipping a cup of a fresh tasting green tea we got from the tour, it was harvested only 2 weeks ago! If you enjoy tea and pleasant conversation this is a good tour for you!