On of two month trip to China, Aaron and I stopped in Shanghai before we left to Chengdu. Like many people, I was obsessed with the You Garden Tea House. I loved how beautiful it looked. I didn’t you could actually have tea there but when Aaron tugged at my arm to pull me in I couldn’t help but smile. It was like being transported back in time and the swirls of tourist faded as we walked up the stairs to get a birds eye view.
The tea house wasn’t cheap, but I think it was actually super reasonable because it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else.
We were seated upstairs in a tiny little slot that had 3 stools and a view of the Yu Garden! The waiter kind of lingered by our table waiting for me to pick a tea which was a little annoying. Finally after a bunch of awkward minutes and trying to get the waiter to leave, 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 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 pond water which was weird so you never know what you’re going to see.
Aaron and I started reminiscing about out recent departure from Beijing and our hike on The Great Wall of China, which was another thing I never thought I would be able to do. Shanghai was grey and dreary as we drank our tea, but it was also so vibrant and warm and full of life. We could hear the clamour of people below us, and I could smell the rain and the sweet blossom of our teas. I even tried the salty tofu and it was actually really good! Aaron tried the quail eggs, and while I would never ever try one, he actually seemed to enjoy them.
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 are ever in Shanghai and wondering if you should visit the Yu Garden Tea House then do! It was actually quiet peaceful and fun being above all the noise and chaos of Old Town Shanghai. I mean Aaron and I are only 24, but we like to be relaxed and enjoy the moments instead of letting the moments rush by.