Well this is a famous teahouse in Shanghai in the YuYuan Gardens. It is situated in the middle of a small lake on poles, and is very hard to miss! It is right next to the famous zig zag bridge! A quick piece of information..do you know WHY it's zig zagged? It was made like that to stop the ghosts from following you because ghosts can only walk in one direction, they can't turn left or right, so it was impossible for them to cross this bridge!
Anyway, Ive never been inside this tea house as i refuse to pay tourist prices, but it looks very quaint.
Favorite Dish: Alongside the tea house is a small takeaway or eat in restaurant who are famous for their Shanghai dumplings. These vary from Beijing dumplings, as these ones have a soup inside them so you must be very careful when biting into them. In fact, in one of the photos you can see there is a straw in one of them so you can drink out the soup before biting into it. The food actually wasnt very good and very simple, but you should see the QUEUE for that place every time I go, no matter the time of day, incredible!
The restaurant had recently been awarded by the most read english magazine in Shanghai called 'That's Shanghai'. If you are ever in Beijing, pick one up here too 'That's Beijing' of course! So hanging behind the counter is the certificate framed! the waiters and waitresses all wear suits and look very stern! But do smile a little..don't ask for too much though!
There are two menus, one in Chinese and English, and one solely in Chinese. Of course the latter one is the cheapey one, and the one that most foreigners cant read so of course they turn to the more expensive menu.....hhhhhmmm... the restaurant surely didnt get its plaque on the wall because people had been kindt ro one another!!!!
In my opinon it is a little over the top with some of the prices following toute suite. It looked like half the people siting or waiting for tables couldn't have afforded to come here.....so why did they ?.Oh!!!! The food was great, the service excellent and we were in and out so very quickly!
Favorite Dish: Well we had five or six different dishes just between the two of us, and they were all extremely tasty. We were only eating vegetarian food, but oh my goodness was it good!
My favourite must have been the aloe fruit salad in aloe fruit juice...or maybe it was the fried green vegetables, strips of tofu and other vegetables smeared in a honey sauce......mmmmm.....or it could have been the mango dessert and custard pastries we had at the end. I really cant decide!!!!!
This was quite an interesting place for an expensive cup of tea! Beautiful grounds, Pretty touristy! At the time I visited there were so many people that it was hard to walk around.I mostly was just checking it out. I didn't even have a cup of tea here! The building is beautiful though. There are many other tea houses located in the same area in the Yu Gardens.