Sip: Traditional Tea Ceremony
Tea is an art form in Shanghai. It is similar to wine tasting in that this ancient ritual calls for time and attention to every detail, from the way in which the water is poured to how the cup is held, explains Morrison. “What made this experience memorable was the process of slowing down,” she says. “Everything in America, specifically New York City where I live, is so rushed.”
If you’re hungry after tea time, head over to Ar Mei Dumplings for a sippable snack. “I ate dumplings morning, noon, and night—I couldn’t get enough,” laughs Morrison. “You can watch the women rolling the dough, putting filling inside, and drying the dumplings before serving them to you. It’s a full experience.” More daring foodies shouldn’t miss the boiled egg soaked in soy sauce.