Drinking team is the ancient important specialty in culture. There
is a saying, " China has the best teahouses in the world and
Chongqing has the best teahouses in China. " It really has
a well-deserved reputation, not only because of the numerous teahouses,
but also because the special way of serving and drinking tea.
which look like antiques have covers and saucers. The cup sitting
on the saucer looks like a boat floating on the water, hence
the name of " the tea-boat " . The cover keeps the water
warm and also adjusts the steeping speed of the tea. If you
want to drink it immediately after the tea has been made, you
can use the cover to strain the tea. So the tea can be soaked
well quickly and then it can be drunk. Or the tea can be drunk
with the cover on the cup. In this way the tea leaves won't
go into the mouth.
who go to the teahouses are not really thirsty. Retired people pay 50 cents to
go to the teahouse and sit there all day long to chat with each other. Sometimes,
people bring guests to the teahouses. They eat melon or sunflower seeds while
they chat and return home when they are tired of sitting there. Normally, teahouses
are the ideal places to kill time, especially for old people. You can stay there
for a whole day, drinking and sleeping, especially in summer. For young people
and businessman, it is a place to make friends, do business and relax yourself
for only a small amount of money. To some extent, it has an ambience something
like the pub in western countries.
are also places for people from various businesses and organizations to get together
to hold trade talks or make deals. In recent years, more and more people go to
teahouses for business talks. Some of the teahouses also have theatrical performances,
such as storytelling, crosstalk (comic dialogue) and Sichuan opera.
addition, sometimes when people quarrel a mediator will bring them to the teahouse.
When their dispute is settled, the person who is in the wrong will pay for the
tea. It is interesting that as soon as the quarrelers enter the teahouse and sit
down to drink tea, they almost always cool down. With the help of the mediator
their disputes can be easily settled. So the teahouses in Chongqing also have
special social functions.
Why is the
teahouse business still booming after hundred and thousand years
of history? One important reason is that since the ancient times,
teahouses have played the role as an important occasion for
normal people to exchange information and handle with public
affairs. Today, although almost every family has possessed radio,
TV and computer and a lot of coffee bars and ballrooms are opened
to public, many people, especially the elderly people, still
like to go to teahouses, because they believe that teahouse
is a good place to meet old friends and to communicate with
as a part of tea culture, has been very popular since the end
of Ming Dynasty in China, and it has served the tea drinkers
with all kinds of tea products and tea wares. Drama and Small
Play could also be observed in tea houses since hundreds years
ago. Different from restaurants, tea houses do not serve regular
meals. However, they do serve Chinese appetizer-like snacks
such as dried fruits (e.g.: dried dates), dried cooked meats
(e.g.: dried diced curry beef), dried flavored bean products
(e.g.: dried and flavored bean curd, and etc), and desserts
such as baked rice cakes. People chat, sing, and get relaxed
in the tea house while the waiters carrying giant metal, clay,
or porcelain tea cattle' s to serve tea. The stage play " Tea
House " , written by Lao She, who committed suicide during Chinese
Culture Revolution, has been the most famous drama detailing
every aspects of the tea house culture in daily life in Qing
Dynasty. The traditional teahouse in Chongqing is an amazing
structure. For most of them are built of bamboo and wood, not
of concrete, and some of the teahouses are strangely shaped.
But what makes a teahouse unique is its atmosphere, its food
and its clientele.
years, Chongqing culture people opened " Ba Yu Tea House " for developing traditional
Ba Yu tea culture and making domestic and foreign guests appreciate the custom
of it. The tea house has received many guests and became a window of Chongqing