Add:257 Yuyuan Rd
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Hu Xin Ting Teahouse, also known as Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, is the oldest and one of the most traditional teahouses in Shanghai.
Built in 1784, it became a teahouse in the late 19th century.
Sitting in the center of the lake in Yuyuan Garden, the teahouse provides a great view for the customers together with good tea and fine snacks.
Typical of architecture in the Ming and Qing dynasties, the teahouse is a 3-story wooden pavilion decorated with complex carvings on pillars and divine animal statues on the roof.
It is said that the building belonged to a gambler who lost it to a businessman. The businessman repaired the building carefully and added a zigzag bridge to perfect the scene.
The teahouse still keeps the original style of decoration, such as wooden folding screen and horizontal inscribed board.
A wide range of well-known teas are provided, including West Lake Longjing tea, Dongting Biluochun, Qimen black tea and An’xi Iron Guanyin tea.
To complement the tea, the teahouse furnishes guests with special delicacies.
Strongly recommended are the quail eggs, which are boiled together with Iron Guanyin tea.
You can savor the experience simply by peeling the eggs and sucking the juice inside them.
In addition, the preserved plums and small glutinous rice dumplings are good choices. The best part is that you can enjoy the excellent music played on traditional Chinese musical instruments while relishing the food.
The teahouse, legendary for its tea and snacks, has witnessed a continuous stream of visitors over the years, including prime ministers and celebrities from England, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada, among others.
It’s always good to enjoy some tea at the pavilion after a day of traveling or shopping. All you need to do is walk past the garden’s famous zigzag-shaped bridge.