Kung Fu Tea

As the Chengdu saying goes, “Sunny days are rare, but teahouses are abundant.”

As drinking tea is crucial in life, it’s a common sight to see people carry flasks pre-filled with tea leaves, ready for hot water wherever they go.

This city is always a great start to understanding tea-drinking with its nearby plantations and teahouses that are always willing to offer tastings and gong fu tea ceremonies.

For a basic start to enjoying Chinese tea, head to the iconic He Ming Tea House. It should be on your itinerary and an enlightening way to spend your day, bottomless cup of tea included. Try to go on a weekend as tea-pouring performances take place, in a feat using tea kettles and their dramatically long spouts. And if you dare, gesture for an ear cleaning ¥20, (around US18 cents). It’s the guy walking around with an instrument that looks like a tuning fork! Renmin Rark, 12 Shaocheng Rd, 9am-9pm, facebook.com/Heming-Teahouse

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