We went to all the touristy sights on the first two days, such as Nanjing east road (yikes, it’s like Time square + 3rd street Promenade), the bund (half of it was under construction right now) and Yu Garden at the old city. After enjoying the quiet and beautiful Yu Garden, we did what many tourists would do – had a tea break at the historic HuXingTing teahouse that’s right outside of the garden.
HuXingTing means “pavilion on the center of the lake”, for some reason there’s always a large crowd surrounds it so you have to elbow your way through the narrow bridge to get to it. However not much people were actually inside. The interior looks like it hasn’t changed since the 1800s, which was when this pavilion became a tea house.
There were lots of tea to choose from on the menu, I already forgot what’s the tea we got, one of them was Pu erh for sure. They came with snacks: tea quail eggs, dry bean curd, mochi and pickled olives. The quail eggs were pretty good but the others were so-so.
It was a nice place to get away from the crowd and have a nice tea break. We’d soon found out tea (or coffee) breaks were very needed and essential in Shanghai for us! Also a note of advise, don’t take the metro to get to Yu Garden, it was an inconvenient walk from the metro station, just take the taxi.
HuXingTing Teahouse 湖心亭
No. 257 Yuyuan Road (it’s right next to Yu Garden)