A famous teahouse in Yuyuan garden located on a man made lake is Huxinting Teahouse. Appreciation of Chinese architecture design and elements is the most inviting part of the teahouse. I’ve been here numerous times and every time I stop to appreciate the building. In a word, its beautiful.
The ambiance starts at the start of the two zig zag bridges leading up to the teahouse. The pathway was designed following old Chinese beliefs. A zig zag bridge keeps evil spirits from following you or making their way to the destination as evil spirits can only travel in a straight path (<– fun fact). On this particular day there was a man right outside the teahouse mixing different kinds of tea’s.
Once inside the building you’ll immediately be awe struck by the rich lacquered wood everywhere. From the benches to the wall decor. The natural light coming in through all the windows is beautiful. The ceiling lights are decorated with red lanterns and Chinese writing tablets adorn some of the walls. I personally enjoyed the tea pot sets lying around. I felt it was pretty majestic.
I’ve read about the horrid expensive tea and how this place is a tourist trap. Of course it is, it’s location alone should tell you of the enormous prices you will pay. But, I find that there are just some things that need to be tried and experienced. Yes, I did it, I paid 116 RMB for 2 wheels of tea and 48 RMB for a beautiful smelling combination of scented flower leaves. I can tell you from personal experience that I will NEVER purchase tea for medical ailments again! Be careful what you ask for, it could very well have you running to the toilet all day! Enjoy.
This is the entrance to the Yuyuan area of Shanghai
The Huxinting Teahouse
This gentleman was mixing tea by swirling it around in this giant dish
Looking out from inside the building. Even though it was just packed outside the building, the inside was relatively empty and cool. A welcome respite from the very large crowds outdoors.
I love the Chinese tablets displayed on the walls. I felt it added to the ancient elements throughout the building.
This lantern is black but many were red through out the building.
The rich lacquered sitting areas.
A serving tray ready to be used.
So, here’s the fun part. I asked for tea (I had the name in my hand at that time) to help with bowel movements as it wasn’t happening. This gal suggested something different that was more gentle and effective on the human system.
This is the wheel I purchased after the experts recommendation. I was shown how much to use and the water measurement. Perfect right?
Another image of the tea wheel. Since 2 cups were not helping move things along and I still felt I had 10 extra lbs loaded on myself, I decided to have 3 cups in one day. I added the beautiful perfumed flower leaves for a more pleasurable drink. Oh boy… the 3rd cup had me running as if I would win a million bucks to be the first to the finish line. Great effective tea! ::snap:: I should have allowed time for the ONE cup to work! Yes folks… it hurt
This is the flower mixture I purchased. They have a nice light scent and not too flowery
Tea leaves soaking in water, very aromatic. Very pleasing to the senses.