From traditional teahouses, theaters to modern pubs and clubs, people in Chengdu know how to enjoy the night and their leisure. Every corner of the city offers the warmest welcome.
Opened in 2004, Jinli is a street that reflects the diversity and beauty of Sichuan folk customs and culture. The street is located next to the Wuhou Memorial Temple and its numerous teahouses, guesthouses, bars, pubs and outlets selling tasty local delicacies and crafts make this dynamic street a popular tourist destination.
However, Jinli’s true beauty is more apparent at dusk when setting sun melts slowly onto the roofs of houses and red lanterns burn dreamily.
The local opera of the Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces, Sichuan Opera is an important part of Chengdu culture. It began in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) as a combination of five operatic tunes introduced from other regions.
As the saying goes, tea houses of Sichuan rank first in the world, while those of Chengdu rank first in Sichuan. Tea houses play an important role in the lives of natives. Distributed throughout the city, tea houses are far more than places for drinking tea. They are places for relaxation, social activities, and are a reflection of local life. At a teahouse, visitors may enjoy such genuine Chinese teas as jasmine, Maofeng and Zhuyeqing, as well as Sichuan opera performances. Here are some notable options:
Yuelai Tea House, located on Huaxingzheng Street, provides free Sichuan opera performances on specific days of the week.
Heming Tea House, an outdoor teahouse located inside Renmin Park, is a picturesque and quiet spot.
Dabei Temple Tea House enjoys a good reputation for its history and surrounding ancient architecture. Antique and Chinese calligraphy and painting exchanges often take place here.
Wenshu Monastery Tea House attracts locals and visitors with its traditional tea services and inexpensive prices. It is located inside Wenshu Monastery, Middle Renmin Road.
Pubs and Clubs
In addition to its rich culture heritage, Chengdu is endowed with modern flavors. Pubs and clubs are primarily on busy streets such as Renmin South Road and west of Yangshi Street. The city also has its fair share of cafes, discos, karaoke bars, ballrooms, and bowling alleys. Kakadu Club, Glasshouse Pub, Gaomeigao in Lihua Street and Hongse Niandai (Red Ages) in Renmin South Road, among others, are well known among younger people. Check out:
Kakadu Club & Disco for dance music and theme parties.
Hongse Niandai (Red Age) Club, close to the American Consulate, for KTV boxes of various styles, restaurant food, disco hall, DJ competition, and fashion shows.
Meigaomei International Recreational Club for KTV club with VIP box, disco hall, performance hall and sports bar.
Allen Story Café which offers a special telephone service amongst guests; one can befriend other guests through a phone call.