Chengdu's Teahouses

We've all heard the stereotype that British people love a good cup of tea, but drinking tea is as central to life in Chengdu as its pungent Sichuan peppercorns or the city's other favourite pastime, mah-jong.

Many local people carry flasks, pre-filled with tea leaves, ready for hot water wherever they go. You can experience a traditional cup of tea for yourself at one of the city's many teahouses, what better way to spend a an hour than savouring a bottomless cup of flower tea whilst enjoying the view from a riverside tea garden?