We so loved our Best of Shanghai City Tour with Zoey that we decided to book three more tours, which were led by Janny: 1) Morning Park & Tea Market, 2) Tea Ritual/Ceremony and 3) Backstreets in Southern City. Zoey and Janny were welcoming, warm, accommodating, knowledgeable, organized, and loads of fun to explore the city with. Our stroll through the local park and backstreets and our visit to the tea market enabled my husband and me to step off the tourist trail and enter a uniquely Chinese world that continues to mesmerize, even given the rapid pace of modernization. Visiting these places reminded me of my first trip to Shanghai many years earlier, when there was something remarkable (at least to the Westerner) to be viewed at every turn and non-Chinese tourists were still a bit of a novelty. I almost hesitate to draw attention to the tea market by mentioning it a review as it is a fascinating local venue frequented by Shanghainese tea buyers; however, a visit there with Janny was truly special and one of my very favorite travel memories. My husband and I, who are still rather novices when it comes to tea, could have spent a full day there perusing the teas and teaware and learning about the various types and preparations. The backstreets portion of our tour was exceptional as well, in part because Janny helped us to experience the neighborhood and interact with its residents rather than just pass through like the photo-snapping gawkers my husband and I sometimes find ourselves guilty of being. Go see the authentic old houses while they still stand and learn about the history and culture of this fascinating city and country and the lives of its resilient and inspiring people. Kudos to Janny for creating such a wonderfully honest way to experience Shanghai!
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January 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your very kind feedbacks, it was our pleasure to show you around the city and I hope you will come back to Shanghai again to enjoy more Chinese tea with us ;-)
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