Nowhere else in China is the mix of the old and new as visible to the casual observer as it is in Shanghai. In recent years, this massive city of 14.5 million souls has seen its skyline grow from the rooftops of the low-rise Shikumen, Shanghai’s traditional 3 story townhouses, to the frantic heights of some of the world’s tallest sky-scrapers. Quite literally, Shanghai is a city on the rise. However, even with all the newfound hustle and bustle, Shanghai’s citizens still find time to relax and enjoy a few cups of tea with friends and family from time to time. One of the newer places to sit and pass a lazy Saturday is ironically also one of the oldest parts of the city. The ancient neighborhood of Xintiandi, which had fallen on hard times during China’s communist years, was recently reinvented as an über-trendy car-free zone. Visitors can stroll the narrow streets, explore ancient alleyways and stop at one of the many café’s to sip tea as people have done in the area for hundreds of years.One of the more popular teas in the neighborhood is this delightful blend of lichee and jasmine. In the same way that recent developments in the city have added a dose of color and new life into the landscape, the addition of juicy tart lichee and ethereal jasmine infuse the grassy green leaves with an added brightness and touch of pizzazz. The flavor of the tea is incredible – tangy notes of lichee dance above the exotic tones of jasmine intertwined with touches of honey, citrus and green apple. From the first sip you’ll understand what makes it so popular. A tea best enjoyed with friends!