I always had this dream of having tea at the Yu Garden. You know when you just get obsessed with something and have this vision in your head about how it will pan out? In my head I envisioned myself in a really pretty dress with my hair all fancy but of course I was in my usual attire of black but I did have some curls in my hair! I always thought the tea house was going to be crazy expensive and busy so I kind of let that wish die. I mean it was probably out of my league right? But when we finally passed through Old Shanghai and I saw the big yellow sign that said “Tea House” I said screw it. It’s kind of a once in a lifetime experience so I went for it. I mean how expensive could tea be?
Turns out pretty expensive haha. Well, it wasn’t that bad. It was actually super reasonable and was such a perfect experience that I had zero complaints. We were seated upstairs in a tiny little slot that had 3 stools and had a view of the garden! The waiter kind of lingered by our table waiting for me to pick a tea which, come on, I can’t decide on anything let alone under pressure. Finally after a bunch of awkward minutes and trying to get the waiter to leave so I could have a moment I decided (panicked) on a Japanese blooming tea. It was 68 Yuan which was one of the least expensive of the teas. For those of you who don’t know 68 Yuan is about $13 Canadian.
Our tea came out in these cute little tea pots and a snack is included. You get some salty tofu, quail eggs, 2 mochi candies and 2 sugary date like things. The tea house was surprisingly less busy than I thought so there was no pressure to drink our tea and rush out! Instead we spent over an hour enjoying ourselves and the view. I even witnessed a lady tossing fish into the water which was weird so you never know what you’re going to see!
All in all the tea house was such a nice experience and was soooo pretty and cool to be in. You don’t get many opportunities to do things like this so if you have a chance definitely check it out!!