Mid Lake Pavilion Tea House
One of the oldest teahouses in Shanghai, serving tea since 1855, Mid Lake Pavilion Tea House (also known as Huxinting Tea House) can be found at the entrance of Yu Gardens. It certainly looks the part with its two-storey traditional wood design, the zig-zag bridge extends deliberately from it in an attempt to keep out demons who prefer a straight route in. Many famous visitors to Shanghai have sat for tea within, including Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Clinton.
The tea served here is of the highest quality; the flowering teas such as the Jasmine and Chrysanthemum blossoms are a particular draw and you’ll always find traditional rice cakes and preserved plums served daintily on the side. Mid Lake Pavilion also houses a resident orchestra meaning you can enjoy traditional music while you drink. Elegantly placed at the centre of the Ornamental Lake, visitors can enjoy views of the traditional Yuyuan Garden on one side and on the other a stark contrast, the Huangpu river and the distinctive skyscrapers of modern Shanghai.
Address: No 257, Yuyuan Lu, Yu Garden, near Fuyou Lu