Offended by the $5 cost for a tall Starbucks coffee I decided to go local and visit a famous tea house in Old Town Shanghai.
On my limited budget I passed on the $25 tea and ordered the cheapest item on the menu: a $10 glass pot of jasmine tea. Far more of an experience than a tea bag and boiling water I enjoyed the taste of the jasmine and other herbs in the tea. The tea also came with two bitty boiled eggs (which I did not eat) and three small squares of tofu and some sort of jelly nut (both of which I did consume).
The tea house is an elegant Chinese structure located in the densest part of Shanghai.