Tea Houses in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-09-07

A tea house in Chengdu is a traditional place that reflects local residents’ leisurely pace of life.
Drinking tea is an age-old custom among Sichuan people and this is why tea houses flourish everywhere in the province. This is especially the case with Chengdu, the capital city of the province. All the tea houses are rich in local culture, featuring low cost and considerate service. People could sit in a tea house for almost a whole day while enjoying a couple of tea and some snacks. They sip tea while talking about almost everything with friends. This has become a part of the local people’s life.

A tea house in Chengdu is a traditional place that reflects local residents’ leisurely pace of life. Going to tea houses is a common hobby of the Chengdu people. There, you can experience the folk culture and customs of the old Chengdu: bamboo chairs, 3-piece tea sets (a tea tray, a porcelain tea bowl and a lid), and “tea doctors” holding dozens of tea sets on their palms at swift pace and tilt up tea pot spouts when adding tea for customers.

Tea houses are also important places for people’s social life. Tea drinkers go to tea houses for chatting or business talks. Some customs such as Sichuan opera performance and ear-picking are still popular in tea houses. Many tea houses are meeting places for Sichuan opera fans.

There is an old saying in China that Sichuan has the largest number of and most unique tea houses in China, while Chengdu has the largest number of and most unique tea houses in Sichuan. Some large tea houses in Chengdu have three or more halls and courts and could accommodate more than one thousand customers.

Chengdu people love drinking tea. A cup of light tea after getting up in the morning helps people feel fresh and soothe their throats and a cup of light tea after dinner is good to help digestion and eliminate body fat. After diligent work, a cup of light tea is surely a perfect dose for refreshing yourselves; a person holding a cup of light tea in his hands is a good listener to close friends’ unrestrained talks; and a tea party proves to be a competent mediator for clearing up disputes between relatives and neighbors.

Teahouse and leisurely life

An old Chengdu saying goes, “Sunny days are rare, but teahouses are abundant”. Teahouses have played diverse social roles in the history of Chengdu. Locals are passionate about going to tea houses — not only for tea, snacks, and entertainment, but also for social gatherings and business meetings

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