Pavilion in Lake Center Tea House
Pavilion in Lake Center Tea House is the oldest extant tea house in Shanghai. It is full of antique and elegant flavor. This ancient architecture with intense characteristics of gardens in Jiangnan is not only the symbol of Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart Co., Ltd but also a landmark for old Shanghai.

History of Pavilion in Lake Center
More than 400 years ago, the owner of Yu Garden Pan Yunduan had a square pavilion constructed in the lotus pool. Later as the Pan’s declined in their fortune, the cloth tycoon Zhu Yunhui and others built a hexagonal pavilion on the site of the square pavilion in the 49th year of Qianlong Emperor (1784). Named “Pavilion in Lake Center”, it served as a venue for cloth businessmen to gather and talk. In the 5th year of Xianfeng Emperor (1855), it was converted into a tea house, which was successively named “Yeshi Tea House”, and “Wanzai Tea House. Finally restored to the name of “Pavilion in Lake Center”, it is the oldest tea house in Shanghai.

The Charm of Tea at Pavilion in Lake Center
Tea is a time-honored drink in human history. The content in the cup is an intimate friend of yours. What a charming situation one can hope for, sitting against the window, enjoying the good tea, and appreciating the beautiful musical notes! What you are enjoying is the intense Jiangnan flavor.

Tea House and Opera Theatre
The area of Yu Garden was in history a place with booming tea houses and opera houses, where “hundred tea houses huddled and hundred schools of operas contended in glory”. Scholars and commoners alike would flock to the tea houses and feel self-satisfied in consulting about important affairs, chatting, and listening to music. It is really perfect blessing to spend the beautiful day in pleasant surroundings and feast one’s eyes on the beautiful world.

Savoring Tea at Yu Garden
Finding company in bright moon, fresh breeze, cloud, and mist, tea has obtained essence from nature. In China, a kind of tea is well known because of its place of origin, and a place becomes widely known because of a famous tea. Either in the past or at present time, people in Shanghai have had a special liking for the Dragon Well tea of the West Lake for over a hundred years. New Spring Yuanbao Tea is used to pray for blessing and good luck; Three-routine Kung Fu Tea has special techniques for tea-making; Yunnan Three-Course Tea possesses excellent national tea ceremony; Court Three-emotion Tea is the traditional classic tea culture. In addition there is also Zen or Chan tea in Taoism and Buddhism, as well as fashion art tea.

Tea Ceremony
Tea ceremony has evolved from the savoring of tea. Tea ceremony in China started before Sui Dynasty, formally came into being in Tang Dynasty, and peaked in development in Song and Ming dynasties. It is Lu Yu who pioneered China’s tea ceremony. Different cultural backgrounds have given birth to four major schools of tea ceremony. The noble’s tea ceremony developed from the “savoring of tea” and aims at showing off one’s wealth and rank; the scholar’s tea ceremony has its root in the “charm of tea” and emphasizes the artistic appreciation; Zen’s tea ceremony formulates from the “virtue of tea” and advocates cultivation of way; while the commoners’ tea ceremony originated from the “flavor of tea” and concentrates on the enjoyment of human life.


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