Huxinting Teahouse, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

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.

 

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