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Shanghai Shi, China
Afternoon Tea and Dessert Tour on the Huaihai Road in Shanghai

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Lift the lid on Shanghai’s tea culture and sweet treats on this small-group afternoon tea and dessert tour. Stroll along Huaihai Road and after sampling Chinese mooncakes, visit a tea house for a classic tea ceremony. Taste delicate Chinese green and black teas as you discover traditional tea drinking etiquette, and finish at a Cantonese dessert restaurant to try popular cold sweets such as milk pudding and mousse cake.
  • Chinese afternoon tea and dessert tour in Shanghai
  • Stroll on Huaihai Road as you learn about Shanghai’s tea culture and puddings
  • Sample popular Chinese mooncakes at two pastry shops
  • Enjoy an afternoon tea ceremony at a tea house
  • Taste aromatic green and black teas and learn about tea drinking etiquette
  • Try popular Cantonese desserts such as milk pudding and almond tofu
  • Small group of 10 travelers or fewer
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Local guide
Food tour
Desserts
Afternoon tea/tea ceremony
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Huangpi South Road Subway Station , Huang Pi Nan Lu Di Tie Zhan, Huai Hai Lu Dong Duan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

Please meet up at Exit 2, South Huangpi Road Metro Station, Shanghai (Line 1) 上海地铁1号线黄陂南路2号出口 Directions: Take Shanghai Metro Station Line 1, and get off at South Huangpi Road Station. Your guide will be waiting for you at Exit 2. 你好,请带我去上海地铁1号线黄陂南路站2号出口

2:00 PM
French Concession , Xuhui District, China
Meet your guide and small group in central Shanghai, and stroll along Huaihai Road, a popular shopping and food haunt.

As you walk, hear about Shanghai’s love of tea and tea drinking rituals, and learn about the different tea varieties that hail from various regions of China.

For starters, visit two pastry shops to sample Chinese mooncakes. These delicious pastry-coated cakes feature savory or sweet fillings and are usually circular to symbolize family reunions. Sample some varieties and learn how the cakes are usually served with tea, and most popular during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival.

Next, head inside a tea house and enjoy a classic tea ceremony as you learn about China’s historical tea culture and how it rose to favor in the west during the 1800s. Savor varieties such as pu-erh, ginseng oolong, and jasmine and black tea from Fujian, and learn about the roles of differently sized cups and temperatures of water used for different varieties.

Finally, visit a Cantonese dessert restaurant to taste some traditional sweets. Sample cold treats such as milk pudding with purple sticky rice, jellied mousse cake, papaya, and scrumptious mango purée and almond tofu.

Your tour then ends in the area when your guide departs.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Huaihai Road Commercial Street
Meet your guide at the 2:00pm, and start your relaxing afternoon tea food tour from Huaihua Road, Shanghai. You will firstly try out some tasty mooncake at two local pastry shops. Mooncake is a typical pastry that Chinese people have during the Mid-autumn Festival, which is symbolized the reunion for the entire family like a harmonious circle. Then you will sit down at a tea house next to the dessert shops to start your tea ceremony. China is with a long history of tea culture, and people here do believe that drinking tea keeps your doctor way. Have a taste of some green tea from Hangzhou as well as some black tea from Fujian province. Through the classic tea ceremony, you will get a better understanding of the functions of different size of the tea cups and the temperature of water to use for different tea leaves. You will also learn the original birth places for different tea as well as how tea culture has been changing the world since the Anglo-Chinese War in 1839. Your final stop for the tour is at a Cantonese dessert restaurant where you will enjoy a different sweet flavor through various icy deserts, such as milk pudding with purple sticky rice, papaya, sago, mango puree and amazing almond tofu. By attending this tasty afternoon tea and desert tour, you surely will have a "sweet" memory from Shanghai.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Xintiandi
Then you will sit down at a tea house next to the dessert shops to start your tea ceremony. China is with a long history of tea culture, and people here do believe that drinking tea keeps your doctor way. Have a taste of some green tea from Hangzhou as well as some black tea from Fujian province. Through the classic tea ceremony, you will get a better understanding of the functions of different size of the tea cups and the temperature of water to use for different tea leaves. You will also learn the original birth places for different tea as well as how tea culture has been changing the world since the Anglo-Chinese War in 1839.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Former French Concession
Your final stop for the tour is at a Cantonese dessert restaurant where you will enjoy a different sweet flavor through various icy deserts, such as milk pudding with purple sticky rice, papaya, sago, mango puree and amazing almond tofu. By attending this tasty afternoon tea and desert tour, you surely will have a "sweet" memory from Shanghai.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Age under 3 is free to join
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shanghai Foodie
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Great tour. Jim was fantastic...
JasonandStephen
, Aug 2018
Great tour. Jim was fantastic! Very passionate and informative. Showed us sites and provided experiences we would not have achieved on our own. Highly recommended!
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best tour i've been on so far...
nataliemacri64
, Jan 2018
best tour i've been on so far!!!, highly recommend it!!! absolutley amazing :
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Great tour - learned a lot about...
Amy P
, Oct 2017
Great tour - learned a lot about different types of tea, and about how tea is properly prepared and served. Desserts were great and made a nice compliment to the tour. Would highly recommend.
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I had a fantastic time sampling...
Paige
, Jul 2017
I had a fantastic time sampling different desserts and teas with Jim. I learned so much about not only Chinese history and culture, but also about the art of serving and drinking tea. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Shanghai!
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Our guide was very friendly and...
Christopher S
, May 2017
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about tea. It was just my wife and I so we got a really nice experience watching a tea master make several kinds of tea. It was interesting to see the flavors develop over various rinses and refills. Our favorites were a black smoky tea, and a fresh Jasmine tea. All of the tea was top quality, in fact I'm writing this review while sipping a cup of a fresh tasting green tea we got from the tour, it was harvested only 2 weeks ago! If you enjoy tea and pleasant conversation this is a good tour for you!

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