While in Shanghai, do yourself a favor and enjoy one of the city’s most popular plates: xiaolongbao (soup dumplings). These delicate steamed buns typically contain pork, shrimp, crab, or vegetables, mixed with a delicious hot broth that bursts with flavor. Here’s a helpful tip: dumplings are served piping hot inside a bamboo basket – cool them off with a quick soy sauce and vinegar bath before you take a bite!
Before you order a glass of water in Shanghai, be prepared. Throughout China, kāishuǐ (hot water) is the most traditional drink. While you can buy cold, bottled water around the city, boiled hot water is commonly served in restaurants, public buildings, and even in free dispensers at bus and train stations. The Chinese believe hot water aids blood flow, helps detoxify the body, and reduces painful muscle contractions. When in Shanghai, do as the Shanghainese do and enjoy a glass of kāishuǐ.
Dating back to the 16th century, Yuyuan Garden is Shanghai’s most revered green space. Set on five acres, the garden features six main scenic areas separated by dragon walls. Each section offers something special, from ponds filled with koi fish, to the “Chamber of Ten Thousand Flowers,” teahouses, stone bridges, and an impressive variety of trees. Grab a friend and take a stroll through this magnificent garden to appreciate its history, cultural significance, and stunning beauty. The garden is easily accessible from the metro.