Leisure time: the integration of tradition and fashion
There are so many teahouses in Chengdu that you even cannot escape from them. Whether it is in center of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, or in the most remote towns, there are a variety of teahouses, which are kind of unique cultural characteristics of Sichuan, being an indispensable living space in daily life; since ancient times, the teahouses are the life style of people in Sichuan, and those in Chengdu are the most typical.
Since thousands of years, the most interesting thing for Chengdu people would be drinking tea and chatting, hence, all year round, the teahouse businesses are in the busy season. The most popular is the Heming Teahouse in People's Park and the teahouses beside the Funan River, at which open-air teahouses, the bamboo chairs are randomly thrown beside the river or under the trees. A cup of tea costing several Yen could attractive people of all ages, even including the enfants, which indicates the Chengdu tea culture is taught since one is in his or her childhood, without depreciation. Of course, famous teahouses, teashops, tea stores or tea producers like Shengtaosha or Bangshagnyouming, the building of which are so luxurious and highly cultural characterized, constitute the most humane and the most balanced leisure space in Chengdu. Dignitaries and civilians, senior white-collar workers and pawns, all like drinking tea; the only different point would be the places to choose. Tea, the most influential drink in the world, has accompanies the old city – Chengdu for so many years and made it become the most appropriate tourist city, also brought the reputation of the city of leisure.
The open-air teahouses beside the Funan river would compose a scenic landscape. Going to the big restaurant is too formal and too boring, then, the Jieyi Teahouse at Wuhou Temple can let you enjoy the tea leisure in the Chinese folk art. There are shadow-plays and puppet show every night here. Those who come here to drink tea are usually foreigner tourists and tourists from other cities; the most staged shows might be "To Capture Meng Huo for 7 times", "Baidi City Orphan ", "The Empty City" and another story about the Three-Kingdom history. Under the cypresses, the stages are for the shows; off the stages the tea is for leisure; the lives inside and outside the plays are attractive, who would be the protagonist?
The Yuelai Teahouse in the main street of Huaxing and Chengdu Subway club in the People’s Road North are the heaven for the lover of Sichuan Opera, where most plays are chaptered. Every time the performance is completed, the old grandpas and grandmas giving away flowers to the players would become as passionate as the teenagers of an age of sixteen or seventeen, not inferior to the younger people who are crazy about pop stars from Japan or Korea. Chengdu folk art performance center in Daci Temple is also a good place to drink tea and to watch an opera play, where the staged plays are often Sichuan folk art, including Sichuan non-instrumented, money board, storytelling plays and so on.
Teahouses are not always famous for the simplicity in those that are open-air; they are famous also because of they are embedded with a deep traditional culture: there is scholarly tempting, there are musical melodies, there is the educational atmosphere brought by ink and there are ancient and modern legends from all over the world. At present, there are three general types: Chinese, Western and combined style, but most of the traditional culture is considered to be at the upper class; after all, tea is the origin in China, and Chengdu is the largest tea production and distribution district in China.
Engaged in a teahouse in Chengdu, you might find many unexpected things: the lost folk art and hidden talents! If you have plenty of time; burying yourself in a teahouse in Chengdu, you can do anything: drinking tea, chatting, watching plays, dating, doing business negotiation etc., as long as you are willing to! The lives and works of people in Chengdu are soaked in the happiness of the tea water!
Teahouse is the local way of leisure, cafes and water bar is the imported ways. Chengdu, a city with a relatively higher level of tolerance, also accepted and absorbed the water bar, KTV and cafe from the external world.
Coffee is one of the most popular non-alcoholic drink in the world, governing the leisure time of both Eastern and Western people with its magic from the unique and irreplaceable mellow. This kind of powder produced from places nearby the equator, has established a mental heaven with its elegance and romance; a cup of coffee accompanied by soft music, in a cloudy, rainy, snowy or shinny day, could bring countless happy times to life.
Chengdu, the city where you do not want to leave once you come, now becomes regarded as the capital of leisure due to the fact that there are variety of entertaining places, the slow living pattern and acceptable consumption level; in Chengdu, the living quality of 21st century people becomes highlighted: the purpose of work is to live better, and the better life is be more comfortable!
Tea and coffee in the afternoon, moisten the city Chengdu, help it achieve the leisure and warm living space.
Heming Teahouse, enjoying the Chinese tradition
China's deep traditional culture is endless, and the materialized garden buildings and images of the bridge and the rivers are more like an old song enduring, and those things continuously conveys a traditional tranquil and quiet, as the ethereal Chinese paintings, being exactly what we need from the bottom of our hearts.
Average consumption: 10 Yen
Operating hours: 11: 00 ~ 20: 00
Address: in the Chengdu People's Park
Traffic: (Bus) 4 Road 5 Road 13 Road 14 Road 29 Road 43 Road 47 Road 53 Road 58 Road 64 Road 78 Road 81 Road 98 Road 103 Road 93 Road 901 Road
Atmosphere: friends party, leisure
Yuelai teahouse: listening to plays while drinking tea
Yuelai Teahouse in the main street of Huaxing would be a party spot for lover of Sichuan opera; this is the old site of the famous opera team “Sanqing”, so, for the Sichuan opera fans, this is a nostalgia place and also a tunnel to have fun, and also a good place for foreign friends to have an experience on the Sichuan opera culture.
Where you can still call the servicing waiter as ‘Tangguan’, which is the traditional tea court in Chengdu. The seats set here are made of bamboo, which is the favorite of people in Chengdu, being a Chengdu style; bamboo chairs make people much cooler in the summer. Tea sets here are authentic three-piece sets of pottery: pottery bowl, pottery hat and pottery boat; when the waiter comes, he or she would at first use the tea boat to make some sounds on the table, which sounds comfortable.
Every time the performance is completed, the old grandpas and grandmas giving away flowers to the players would become as passionate as the teenagers of an age of sixteen or seventeen, not inferior to the younger people who are crazy about pop stars from Japan or Korea. Chengdu folk art performance center in Daci Temple is also a good place to drink tea and to watch an opera play, where the staged plays are often Sichuan folk art, including Sichuan non-instrumented, money board, storytelling plays and so on.
Recommended drinks: tea
Average consumption: 8 Yen
Operating hours: 10: 00-20: 00
Address: Chengdu Huaxing Main Street (behind the Wangfujing mall)
Bus line: 8 Road 28 Road 20 Road to the 2nd district of Rd. Hongxing; 58 Road, 81 Road, to the Zongfu Road East Station
Atmosphere: casual, friends party
Yinxiang Bookstore: accompanied by scholarly gentle time
The first floor of Yinxiang Bookstore is a book store, and the second floor is prepared for reading; sofas designed with clothing art divide it into pieces, some of which could contain 2 to 3 people; some could contain more. Relatively independent lamps offer you with controllable light sources for your reading or conversations. The seats nearby the windows would often be the best choice. The window is a semi-circular window in European style, and the light is easily drilled in.
The music is looming; the whole wall, with a width of about 15 meters, is covered by shelves of books, prepared for the guests to read. Open the book you like, and enjoy the warm sunshine in the afternoon; if you have to stay at the dinning time, there are small Western snacks prepared. Book + music + tea or coffee would let you happy from your deep mind.
Yinxiang Bookstore has been open for 6 years and now already became a characteristic of Chengdu and the most popular reading club, where there are lectures periodically, with subjects of reading and travelling, of fashion and classic, of finance and investment, all kinds of topics, gathering many celebrities or elites in their professional careers.
Recommended drinks: green tea, fruit tea, coffee
Average consumption: 15 Yen, 20% discount for members
Operating hours: 9: 00 ~ 22: 30
Address: No. 88, Fangcao East Street, Chengdu (next to Yulin Middle School High School Section)
Bus routes: 77,79,114,93 Road, to Fangcao East Street
Atmosphere: friends party, couple dating