We've postponed our planned April visit to Shanghai this year so I'm looking for a proxy to experience one of the delicious small pleasures of Spring in Shanghai for me.
It was just about a year ago I stumbled upon Duolun Lu, a street of well preserved mansions and commercial buildings near Lu Xun Park. Near the south end, where it curves into Sichuan Bei Lu, I stopped to refresh myself at the Old Film Cafe. It was the first warm day of our visit, and I settled into a chair at one of two tables on the verandah of this stately building. My bacchanalia consisted of a glass of tea accompanied by a large thermos, a small long of xiaolong bao and one of shao mai, served by a cheerful young waitress in very "Now" attire. The tea was of the finest pre-Qing Ming yield, and I spend one of the most tranquil and contended hours of my many years, sipping, nibbling, and watching the parade of life pass by.