I love to visit Chinese Tea Houses especially if they are unique and different than the modern ones. Here is the 270 year old Tea House on the Crooked Bridge leading into the Yu Garden in Shanghai. Be sure to stop in and check it out. Tea is not inexpensive but worth the time to absorb the atmosphere of a traditional old tea house. For something different you might try the special "Tea Balls" in different flavors. About the size of a large marble they are dropped into hot water and slowly open up to become a beautiful flower in your glass cup. The tea is good too. Another tea house I like is the QianTang Cha Ren in Suzhou outside of Shanghai. It is very traditional with many antiques and you may sit on the floor in your own private room if you like also. Many snacks are served with tea that you order yourselves. The atmosphere is very special as well and you feel like you are in old China. China is famous for tea and Suzhou is the Tea capital besides Hangzhou. The say a gift of tea is a "Gift of Life". I hope you find a special tea house too when you visit China. Click on the photo for a full screen size view.
Dave Bruels, owner/operator of Interlake China Tours, Inc., has traveled China for the past 25 years with over 50 trips to some of the far corners of the country. Dave has lectured in China under the United Nations “Star Program” and worked with government agencies, companies and travel services during his travels in China. Working with guides, travel services, inspecting hotels, seeing some of the various entertainment shows and new sights are just part of his job in providing great tours for his customers. Follow him on twitter at @dbruels