Tea culture in Chengdu has been evolved into unique characteristics of the Bashu "tea culture”. Chengdu teahouses have rich social functions: leisure, parties, entertainment and private courts. Chengdu teahouses have always been very flourish. Whether it is in a land of scenic spot, or downtown streets, everywhere you can see the tea house full of local folk features. These tea houses charge a little fee but with courteous service. Generally, a cup of fragrant tea and a plate of food can make people stay there for half a day.
There is no business meeting, no celebrity anecdotes, no playing mahjong, only performance on the front stage of traditional Sichuan opera. The people who knows and loves Sichuan opera can understand what the opera actors and actress is singing, but for the layman to see a lively show is also good. Drinking a cup of covered-bowl tea, eating a few plate melon seeds peanuts and Chengdu snacks, watching characteristic show of changing face, spitting fire, and singing opera...in there you may feel that time seems to be back in one hundred.
Representative teahouse: Yingxiang narrow patio, Shunxing Old Teahouse, Shu Style Elegant and Charm Tea House.
► Shunxing Old Tea House (顺兴老茶馆)
Shunxing Old Tea House, a teahouse full of Chinese pioneering extremely national characteristics of the Oriental tea culture history museum which is located in Chengdu international convention and exhibition center on the third floor. It is refer to Chengdu famous ancient tea house, tea culture and hire senior experts, ancient building experts and famous folk artists to carefully build a set of Ming and Qing style architecture which is in collection of wall carving, tracery, wood, furniture, tea utensils, clothes and tea art.
Shunxing Old Tea house is not only a simple dinning place, but the place of displaying and experiencing “land of abundance”--Sichuan. Based on the characteristics of traditional classic cuisine, famous snacks, Sichuan hot pot, Sichuan covered-bowl tea, Sichuan opera face changing performance, and Sichuan folk customs, Shunxing provides people a chance to experience the traditional way of life in Chengdu as shown in the dinner and tea at the same time. Shunxing decoration is in combination of western Sichuan classic style with the modern fashion style, which belongs to the model of Chinese neoclassicism.
Chengdu people love to do a lot of things in tea houses, playing mahjong, playing cards, talk about business...But if can only choose one thing, that is, chatting. Listening to the interesting story is pleasure, where to listen the most beautiful story, that is, in the Chengdu storytelling teahouse. The storytelling here is vivid with critical spirit of sharp observation of social dynamics and also humorous. Drink a bowl of scented tea and listen to storytelling of Chengdu local life, you can relax yourself in here.
Representative teahouse: Boqing Li Academy
► Boqing Li Academy (李伯清书院)
Boqing Li Academy is more than 600 square meters, and is divided into two floors, in the form of a traditional three-section compound. Boqing Li said: "Wenshu Monastery is the holy land of Buddhism with good geomantic omen; here is located in the downtown, traffic was relatively large that gather enough popularity." At present, most of young people accept a lot of foreign culture, the emergence of Wenshufang highlights the local culture and reflects a kind of humanistic spirit. Boqing Li would ome here to speak on an irregular basis, may also invite Bashu comedian, such as Shenfa and Liu Deyi.
Walking into Boqing li academy, people will hear the sound of a dulcimer. On the second floor, people drink covered-bowl tea and listen to the dulcimer, which is very old Chengdu style! The price is not expensive! At 2 PM to 4 PM, the price is cheaper of 20 Yuan/person. At 8 o 'clock in the evening to 10 o 'clock in the end, price is a little expensive of 60 Yuan/person
Add: Wenshufang, Qingyang District, Chengdu (成都市青羊区文殊坊)
Tea and Zen, as two of the most life essence that do not need language, use common heart quietly taste tea fragrance. Monastery, sunshine, incense burner, shade, bowls, tea, all of these provide you with a peaceful mind and calm of “zen and tea mix together” atmosphere and mood in the world that fame fortune coming and going.
Representative teahouse: Jamchen Lhakhang Monastery Zen Tea House
► Jamchen Lhakhang Monastery Zen Tea House (大慈寺茶馆)
Located within Jacmchen Lhakhang Monastery there is a traditional teahouse which is very famous in Chengdu, lots of people gather there and some of the old people playing mahjong or playing cards. Drinking tea there is cheap, the atmosphere of the monastery is very good, sometimes you also can listen to evensong in Sanskrit by the monks which can let you be in a quiet and relaxing environment.
Jamchen Lhakhang Monastery, Dongfeng Road first section, Jinjiang District (锦江区东风路一段大慈寺)
The Outdoor Teahouse
Birdsong ups and downs; different size dogs are gathering here with their masters; in the hundreds of seats of outdoor teahouse, the covered-bowl tea is steaming with tea aroma; Armed with what the waiter run back and forth to serve the guests in the teahouse with cooper pot; vendors that selling Toufu pudding and sugar painting, etc.; Chengdu people is reading a newspaper, playing mahjong playing cards, chatting, or basking in the sunshine or dozing off, this lifestyle in Chengdu is very cosy.
Representative teahouse: the People's Park Heming Teahouse, Riverside Tea Garden
► Heming Teahouse (鹤鸣茶社)
It is the most famous teahouse in The People's Park, and it is old teahouse with some years. Customers there are very much. Tea is not expensive with great variety, also there are some snacks. Old bamboo chair, antique pavilion, as long as there is sun, the yard is filled with chairs, and old men and old ladies will play cards there. There also are some foreigners, reading a book. Customers can drink tea for a noon, squinting to kill time, which is really comfortable.
the People’s Park, Qingyang District (青羊区人民公园)
Tea Culture Museum
Chengdu tea culture is extensive and profound with historical source, Tea Culture Museum uses history objects and art performance to restore, protect and inherit Chengdu humanities styles and features, relaxation, and folk culture preferably. Here you can visit all kinds of tea sets from ancient time to modern time, and through tea history introduction, fried tea workshop, tea experience area, you can appreciate the connotation and charm of Chinese tea culture.
Representative teahouse: Wenshufang Mahjong and Tea Culture Exhibition Hall.
► Wenshufang Mahjong and Tea Culture Exhibition Hall (文殊坊麻将与茶文化博览馆)
The first mahjong and tea culture exhibition hall opened in Chengdu. The museum is located in Chengdu Wenshufang Baiyun temple No.1, the museum collection has more than 500 relics, systematically introduces origin and development history of mahjong. Mahjong galleries were in possession of more than five hundred pieces of cultural relic’s collections, many of which are rare in the world.
Going into the tea culture exhibition hall, a refreshing tea aroma is spraying into your face. According to staff, the tea aroma is the result of a wall built with several pieces of brick tea. This kind of tea brick wall, except for a few hotels, it is unique in the expo pavilion of whole country. The Tea Exhibition Hall has tin kettle of Ming dynasty, three-color hexagonal pot, boccaro teapot in the Qing dynasty, Tibetan dragon ewer of more than four hundred pieces.
Art-Tasting Tea House
Rounded purple sand tea set, the black glaze tea set of primitive simplicity, exquisite blue porcelain tea set make the tea house filled with antique aura of art. Here, the history as if frozen that you are placing in a ancient environment with stone bridge, site scene, blue and white tureen, clay pottery. Here, you can drink and appreciate the arts, and exchange feelings and experiences. Tea and art is so harmonious.
Representative Tea House:
► Yuqing House (余庆会馆)
Yuqing House is a high-grade teahouse of jade collection, Chinese communication as the theme. In southwest China, the high-end communication platform is numbered. Yuqing House building zen and tea's haunting traditional culture atmosphere through the jade art appreciation and collection, and communication of studies of Chinese ancient civilization. Yuqing House presents with all respect of service of traditional culture. Yuqing House has two Chinese traditional buildings with tea rooms and salon activity place, with a total area of more than 1000 square meters which provides the most convenient and comfortable conditions of social and leisure.
A few money a cup of tea, a piece of square table, a few bamboo chair, a pair of mahjong, these things gather together can let Chengdu people sitting for an afternoon. These scattered in Chengdu, the residential neighborhood or township countless unknown tea shops constitute the basic elements of the Chengdu tea culture.
Representative teahouse: the countless unknown tea shops in the residential area
The above are aome famous teahouses in Chengdu for you to experience tea culture in this city.