Mandarin Learning: Visit a traditional Tea House in Chengdu

Visit one of the tea houses of Chengdu and learn the significance of this Chinese tradition.

Duration : 60 mins     Max Size : 50     Destination : China  

Category : Mandarin     Recommended For : Languages

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No discussion on Chinese culture can be complete without touching upon the tea house scene in the country. Tea houses are central to social meetups and leisure in all parts of China. Yet, some of the most traditional teahouses are found in the city of Chengdu.

The tea house culture originated during the Song dynasty and spread to villages and cities around the country. During the Ming & Qing dynasties, they steadily grew in popularity with the number of tea houses exceeding restaurants. Tea house owners in the Song dynasty liked to decorate them with calligraphy, paintings and indoor plants. As China progressed into modernity, the tea houses also adapted to the new tastes of customers.

Today, one can find tea houses with a variety of décor and aesthetics, including western influences. However, the basic culture remains the same. People still congregate to socialise and relax over tea. In the winters, tonics to keep the body warm are added to the tea while in the summers, cold drinks and innovative concoctions including sweet bean paste, plum water and papaya juice find themselves in the mix.

On today’s tour we will visit a tea house to see the local culture, first-hand. You will also get up and close to locals engaging in the popular game of Mahjong. Students will be able to interact with locals under the supervision of our expert presenters, and enhance their Mandarin skills.

Your Presenter

  Liu Ping

Liu Ping reflects the true spirit of China's dynamic growth as someone who worked in phosphorous mines as a teenager and then educated herself to become a teacher, an english language interpreter and eventually an entrepreneur. A global speaker, Liu is passionate about showcasing the real China to the rest of the world. Liu lives in Beijing and is the author of 'My Chinese Dream-From Red Guards to CEO'.

How it works

This tour has been designed specially for school children. This is a group tour that accommodates up to 50 children at a time. Once you book this experience, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to join the session.  Children and teachers can log in from their individual classes or congregate in one single class/hall and access the tour via the link provided.

What you need

You will need a stable internet connection and a mobile device (ideally a desktop or laptop) to stream the session.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel and obtain a full refund for this session until 5 days before the date of the first session.

Book this experience

From £250 / Per Group (Max 50 Person)

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