A Better Kind of Brew

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If you're partial to a drop of tea but fed up with the raucous atmosphere and chain-smoking laobaixing (the colloquial Chinese expression for the man in the street) that cram Shanghai's regular cafés, then check out the sedate and sequestered atmosphere of the Guyuan Antique Teahouse, tel: (86-21) 6445 4625. Inspired by Ming-dynasty architecture, the city's finest tea parlor is a classy joint where executives come to impress clients and contacts with China's most exclusive brews. Its imposing wooden gateway (200 years old and transported to Shanghai from culturally rich Shanxi province) is the prelude to an interior of stone...

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