Let's play a little China trivia. Category: Food and Drinks. Level: Ridiculously Easy. Question: Most famous Chinese beverage? Thirty seconds on the clock. Go! Tea, the national drink par excellence, has it all: a long and interesting history, amazing and varied tastes, and it's great for you.
Take a break from the coffee chains in Chengdu and try this healthier drink in a way cooler setting. Teahouses, with their bamboo chairs, small square tables, and copper kettles are worth visiting for the atmosphere, history and of course, the delicious tea. Here are the three best teahouses in Chengdu.
1) The social teahouse: Heming Teahouse View In Map
Heming Teahouse (鹤鸣茶社) has been a Chengdu staple for over a hundred years. Located in People's Park, the tranquil teahouse is packed with tables, chairs and tea enthusiasts, and features outside seating near the lake. The tea selection is diverse, with the cheapest packets priced at 15 RMB and the most expensive at 25 RMB. The tea comes with a giant thermos of hot water that can be refilled as many times as you like.
An old man wearing pink pants and a green shirt may come up to you and begin performing acrobatic tricks; don't be alarmed, he is a unique staple of the teahouse. Tea-drinkers can also opt to get their ears cleaned out (for a couple extra Yuan) while relaxing at the teahouse. Seats are often hard to find at this popular establishment, so come early and spend the day.
Add: People's Park, 12 Shaocheng Lu, Qingyang District, Chengdu
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
Price: 15-25 RMB
Getting there: Take bus 5, 13, 43, 47, 53, 58, 62, 64, 78, 81, 905 to People's Park (人民公园)
2) The historical teahouse: Shunxing Old Teahouse View In Map
Shunxing Old Teahouse (顺兴老茶馆(国展店) is an antique venue marked by Sichuan folk custom and often filled with tourists. The teahouse is basically a museum and features murals, sculptures and artifacts depicting life in old Chengdu. The establishment features a nightly (20:00) Sichuan opera erhu (two-stringed Chinese fiddle) performance. Soak up the culture and soak in the tea: buy a pot of tea and regional Chengdu snacks and watch the show. Get your ears cleaned out and your back rubbed down and get transported back to the former days of Chengdu.
Add: 3F, International Convention and Exhibition Center, 258 Shawan Lu, Jinniu District, Chengdu (south side of Shawan International Convention and Exhibition Center)
Tel: 028 8769 3202
Opening hours: 10:30-21:00
Price: 85 RMB
Getting there: Take bus 3, 32, 56, 56a, 83, 93, 101, 113 to Huizhan Zhongxin (会展中心)
3) The teahouse with great atmosphere: Huajian View In Map
Located in the famous narrow alleys of Chengdu, Huajian Teahouse (花间) is a quiet escape from the city. The door is covered in flowers (the name of the teahouse translates to “flowers”) and the courtyard seating area is simple and elegant with beautiful hanging lamps. The dishes have quirky and charming names and a musician plays the zither softly in the background as guests drink tea and eat. Wifi is also available for those wishing to sip and surf.
Add: 16 Kuanzhai Gangzi, Qingyang District, Chengdu
Tel: 028 8625 5700
Opening hours: 8:30-22:30
Price: 65 RMB
Getting there: Take bus 62, 70, 93 to Changshun Zhong Jie (长顺中街)
Travelers and locals on any budget can spend an afternoon in one of these historical Chengdu teahouses. Sit inside on a rainy day and sip a steaming hot cup or lounge on the patios in the warm afternoons and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
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