Chengdu and Sichuan
A crowded teahouse with myriads of dialects, laughs and pleasant ambience. Food that is so spicy yet delicate that most Chinese people approach it with respect and hesitation. Chengdu is close to the Tibetan highlands, but stay here for some days and linger out of the metropolis. Sichuan province is worth an exploration.
Most outsiders know little about Chengdu, and yet among the Chinese themselves this inland city enjoys a formidable reputation for its fiery hotpots, lively teahouses and Taoist temples. Chengdu is the provincial capital and the second largest city in the western part of China. The cities many parks and teahouses make it one of China's most livable megacities. What somehow separates Chengdu from much of the rest of China is its authenticity: a modern Zen Buddhist might not know how much he owes the monks of China’s only homegrown religion.
Today they still practice meditation, tai chi and tea ceremonies at the Temple of the Dark Ram, a time-honored sanctuary for the most original and intriguing aspects of traditional Chinese culture.
Sampling the famous Sichuan food is another must here. The hot and spicy dishes and varied tasty snacks are sure to whip up your appetite. Go shopping at the Chunxi Road, spend a leisurely afternoon in a teahouse, and watch a Sichuan Opera performance at night – this would be a perfect day giving you a deeper understanding of this fine city and beautiful province.