2016/04/14

Top 10 Chinese cities for tea lovers

 

China is the homeland of tea and because of this, tea drinking is popular in virtually every part of the country. We present you the top 10 Chinese cities where tea drinking is part of a lifestyle.

Wuhan


A teahouse in Wuhan

Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province, is the most populous city in Central China. Beginning from the late seventeenth century, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) of Qing Dynasty, Wuhan was the starting point of a tea trade road to Mongolian Plateau.

Having grown along with this commercial city, Wuhan's teahouses have a history of over 1,500 years and have an air of business. Teahouses are serving increasingly as an arena for commercial transaction and a resting place for businessmen and dock workers.

Hong Kong


A teahouse in Hong Kong

Known as the Oriental Pearl, Hong Kong remains as one of the most traveled places in all of Asia, with its splendid natural beauty and man-made wonders. To get a break from your busy tours in the city, visit a local teahouse.

Most of Hong Kong's teahouses are not fashionably decorated and cannot produce a romantic atmosphere, but they are simple and unassuming, and provide cool and fresh tea, together with scrumptious snacks.

Taipei


A teahouse in Taipei

Taipei is as exciting and attractive as any other major city in China, like Hong Kong or Shanghai. It is also full of a certain charm which makes it unique.

Teahouses in Taipai are said to be the most typical of Chinese teahouses. It is quite a comfortable thing to sit in a local teahouse and drink a cup of oolong tea or the Pearl Milk Tea like what locals do.

Guangzhou


A teahouse in Guangzhou

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is the capital city and also the largest city of Guangdong. Besides endless skyscrapers and shopping malls, this dynamic metropolis also has one of the best local cuisines in China.

Guangzhou people's daintiness about life can be reflected in the city's teahouse culture. In a local teahouse, you can not only enjoy a cup of tea that is exquisitely prepared and served but can also taste various refreshments, cakes and sweetmeats to go with the drink.

Hangzhou


A teahouse in Hangzhou

Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang, is known as 'Heaven on Earth' with its enchanting natural beauty. The city produces one of China's best green tea – West Lake Dragon Well Tea.

Savoring tea in a teahouse is a lifestyle in Hangzhou. A famous local writer once remarked that Hangzhou is like a big teahouse and the water of the West Lake is like a pond of fragrant tea. The annual Drinking Tea Day has been held annually in Hangzhou since 2009.

Beijing


Beijing Teahouse in Beijing

Beijing, as the capital city of China, has been the heart and soul of the whole country and has unparalleled cultural wealth which visitors could explore, including its tea culture.

Beijing has over five hundred tea houses, including some time-honored ones. Typical Beijingers don't care much about the tea ceremony but about the taste. However, nowadays, most teahouses in Beijing are expensive and become a symbol of luxury. Only a small band of people with dressy appearance like to hang out in a teahouse.


Chongqing


An old teahouse in Chongqing

Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes. Besides, this famous 'mountain city' are also famous for its teahouses.

According to a Chinese saying Chongqing has the best teahouses in China. Teahouses play a very important role in Chongqing's tea culture. People go to a teahouse not only because they are thirsty. They cluster in teahouses, drinking tea and chatting with old friends, which has become a lifestyle.

Nanjing


A teahouse in Nanjing

Lying on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, has brilliant cultural heritage. Teahouses in Nanjing portray latent romance-tinged elegance.

The sentimentality of old time is not easily found now, and what is left is elegance and grace. Like other views in Nanjing, teahouses tell the story of past and present of the city.

Shanghai


A teahouse in Shanghai

Shanghai, an international metropolis, is drawing more and more attention from every corner of the globe. Shanghai's teahouses still keep nostalgic feelings. Many old-fashioned items like antique telephones and tables and chairs create an atmosphere of modern blended with the classic.

There are also some modern teahouses in Xin Tian Di, a fashionable pedestrian street composed of traditional and modern architecture style in Shanghai.

Chengdu


A teahouse in Chengdu

Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province with a history of more than 2,400 years, has profound historical background. Tasting famous Sichuan cuisine and having tea at a local teahouse will offer a deeper understanding of the city.

Drinking tea has become a lifestyle for Chengdu natives. Teahouses with local traits are easily found in famous scenic areas, street corners and alleys. It is a common thing for many locals to cozily spend the whole day in tea house, enjoying tea, reading a newspaper, chatting or playing mah-jongg.

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