Shang Hai was a brief stop in the previous trip. The local hostess is a girl friend of mine. If you like Xiao Long Bao - Shang Hai steam dumpling, the best is in a garden restaurant in Gu Yi Yuan - one of the four famous Jian Nan Garden compounds in Shang Hai.
It's my great honor to be invited for tea after a delicious lunch at a private section of the garden behind these walls. This group of structure used to be the sleeping quarter of the owner whom was a salt merchant in Qing Dynasty. Salt trading was and still is government controlled business as well as one of the most profitable.
Other parts of the garden