Sonntag, 26. September 2010

Yu Yuan Basar & Huxinting Teahouse

As far as I know this area of Shanghai's old town is known as Yu Yuan Basar, one of the most important and most frequented touristic highlights of the megacity.

In 1855, during the reign of Emperor Xianfeng of the Qing Dynasty, the pavilion was made into a teahouse, which was first called "Yeshi", and then "Wanzai" and finally "Mid-lake Pavilion (= Huxinting)
Teahouse." It is the oldest teahouse in Shanghai still in operation. It can only be reached by a zig-zag bridge evil ghosts can't use, because they only can move straightly (as we all know).

The tea served is made from pure mineral water, and from delicate tea leaves produced in different famous tea-growing areas to suit the varied habits and predilections of the tea drinkers.

 The gold fish & koi pond around Huxinting Teahouse with little spots of lotus plants.

The illumination during the evening hours is really gorgeously - and there are a lot less people in front of your camara lens compared to daylight hours.

One of the main shopping streets inside Yu Yuan Basar - as always overcrowded with people from all over the world.


  1. very interesting but look at all those people! I haven't seen that many people IN TOTAL for a year!!


  2. Watch out, Andy!

    I spoke to most of these people and invited them to Andy Craig's Northumberland Photo Training - - in 2011. So be prepared for - let's just say - 2,5 million of more or less zealous Chinese photo amateurs travelling to Northumberland's coast next spring... ;-))

    Or, in other words: Yes, you are right. Shanghai is a bit more overcrowded than the places we live...


  3. Amazing photos (but that's no surprise). I want to go!!

  4. Seems like a unique and interesting type of fusion in China. But more interesting is the name of this "bazar":) I did not know if I had an area fully of my own;)
    Thanks anyway, for pouring interest in me about a visit China oneday for sure.