Chengdu offers many places for leisure and enjoyment. From traditional teahouses, theaters to modern pubs and clubs, it’s never dull at night here in this city. Located next to Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli is a recreational and cultural street that reflects the diversity and beauty of Sichuan culture and customs. Visitors can find numerous teahouses, pubs, bars, guesthouses, restaurants and food stalls selling mouth watering delicacies. Coupled with the jovial atmosphere, Jinli street is a popular tourist destination in Chengdu.
Sichuan Opera – Sichuan Opera originated towards the end of the Ming and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. With immigrants flooding into Sichuan, different genres, plays and dramas were brought in to suit the local dialect, customs, folk music and dances. Eventually, this unique combination brought about the familiar Sichuan Opera that has come to reflect Sichuan culture. Face changing is by far the highlight of Sichuan Opera. It is said that ancient people painted their faces to drive away wild animals, this ancient practice has been adapted and polished to a skill in Sichuan opera. Considered an important part of Chengdu culture, Sichuan opera began in the Qing Dynasty as a combination of five operatic tunes introduced from other regions. Retaining the Sichuan dialect, the role of clown covers a comparatively large part of the performance; Sichuan opera usually has a charming witty atmosphere. Its varied performances, such as Bianlian (Changing faces), Gundeng (Rolling lamps) and Tuhuo (Spitting fire) are very popular with audiences. In Chengdu, visitors can head to the Sichuan Opera Theater, at No. 20, Zhuangyuan Street and also in Shunxing Old Tea House, third floor of Chengdu International Exhibition Center, No. 258, Shawan Road; in Shufeng Square inside People’s Park, and in Shufeng Yayun Garden in the Culture Park, to watch Sichuan opera.
Tea Houses – It is said that Sichuan tea houses are the best in the world and in Sichuan, those found in Chengdu are ranked first. Tea houses play an important role in the lives of Chengdu natives, they are not just establishments for drinking tea. The tea houses are regarded as places for relaxation and social activities, and in many ways, serves as a reflection of local life. At night, people gather here to drink Chinese tea such as jasmine, maofeng, and zhuyeqing. Occasionally there are even Sichuan opera performances held at the tea houses for customers. Yuelai Tea House, located on Huaxingzheng Street, provides free Sichuan opera performances from 14:00 to 16:00 every Tuesday and Saturday. Heming Tea House, an outdoor teahouse located inside Renmin Park, is picturesque and quiet; service time from 6:00 to 19:00. Dabei Temple Tea House enjoys a good reputation for its history and surrounding ancient architecture. Located inside Wenshu Monastery, Wenshu Monastery Tea House is a huge attraction with locals and visitors alike with its traditional tea services and affordable prices.
Pubs and Clubs – While retaining a huge portion of traditional Chinese culture, Chengdu has embraced the inevitable modernization that comes with the 21st century. In recent times, pubs ad clubs have sprung up in busy streets such as Remin South road and Yangshi street. Featuring cafes, discos, karaoke bars, bowling establishments and ballrooms, these streets are popular with the younger crowd and out of town visitors. Some of the more popular establishments are Kakadu Club, Glasshouse Pub, Gaomeigao in Lihua Street and Hongse Niandai (Red Ages) in Renmin South Road.
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