Oriental Tea Corner

Wooden Chinese lanterns hang from the ceiling, dark wood furniture and shelves lined with little collectibles and pots, teapots of all shapes and sizes are on display all around, framed old Shanghai posters, Chinese abacuses, and bamboo umbrellas are hung on the walls; this quaint little Chinese tea corner brings one back to the just colonized Shanghai of times in 1900. The space is designed with so much intricacy that it does not pale in comparison to its western counterparts in the restaurant. To enhance the Chinese tea house’s ambience, the owner also designed round shelf that resembles the Chinese character for ‘prosperity’ and the lights are designed to bear a resemblance to Chinese lanterns. Not only is it quite literally the centre of attention, its main focus is to hold tea pots too.

 

On top of this shelf there sits a plaque with the name of the tea corner inscribed onto it in Mandarin. It is supported by a pair of Chinese unicorn brackets which are rarely seen nowadays. There are even design specifications for the window used in this corner - high timber casement windows with ventilation louvers. There was no electricity at the time, thus it was the most commonly used window design of the time. Guests can open the window to look outside or listen to the 3 piece band performing nightly outside.


To top it off, another usable gramophone would be placed here to occasionally play songs by famous Chinese oldies singer Zhou Xuan. It is the epitome of the old Shanghai mood, a sentiment of colonisation by westerners mixed with eastern culture in China.