Wendy and I was in a decent restaurant the other day. A well-dressed couple from Florida were seated next to us. We chatted a little bit when they seek for help to order the Chinese dishes.
After they completed the order, the lady pointed to the glass of water before her and asked: “BTW, is it safe to drink the water here?”
“Well. I think so”, I answered.
Safe or Not? What is the Standard
I know they just arrived in Shanghai and had started a short vacation in Shanghai. The whole route was arranged by a professional foreign tour agency, and they just want to grasp something to eat before the dinner arrives about 3 hours later. It seems we are the only persons to ask whether it is safe to drink water in Shanghai.
I can understand their questions. Just as I just landed in the U.S., I suspect the water is different from Shanghai and asked the question to myself. It is even so when they just arrived in a city in which the average water quality is not as good.
Don’t Drink Water directly from the Pipe
It is for sure that do not drink un-boiled water in Shanghai. Although it is still safe to drink the water (I think), it is not recommended.
In restaurants, I think it is pretty sure to assume the water in the glass is drinkable.