Traditional Chengdu Life at Teahouses

Authors: Go Chengdu


Teahouses and theaters are favored by those who’d like to experience traditional Chengdu life.
Teahouses, tea booths, tea salons and tearooms dot the downtown areas, alleys and parks in Chengdu.Teahouses and theaters are favored by those who’d like to experience traditional ways of night life. You are looking for the best place to watch the Sichuan Opera and this is the answer: the Shunxing Ancient Teahouse. The performances there will fully entertain even people that don’t speak Chinese. The Yuelai teahouse should also be an alternative, but the experience depends on your understanding of the Sichuan dialect.
Shunxing Teahouse
Chinese name: 顺兴老茶馆
Address in Chinese: 成都市金牛区沙湾国际会展中心3楼(沙湾店); 武侯区天府大道中段1号(世纪城店)
Address: #258 Shawan Road, Chengdu International Exhibition Center F3, Jinniu District; # 1, Mid-section of Tianfu Avenue, Wuhou District

Yuelai Tehouse
Chinese name: 悦来茶楼
Address in Chinese: 锦江区华兴正街54号锦江剧场内
Address: Jinjiang Theater, #54 Huaxingzheng Road, Jinjiang District

Laozhaiyuan Teahouse
Chinese name: 老宅院
Address in Chinese: 成都市宽窄巷子11号恺庐老宅院
Address: Kailu Laozhaiyuan, #11 Wide & Narrow Alleys, Qingyang District
Heming Teahouse at People’s Park
Chinese name: 人民公园鹤鸣茶馆
Address in Chinese: 青羊区 少城路12号人民公园内
Address: #12 Shaocheng Road, People’s Park, Qingyang District

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