china: stepped back in time

Who would expect an ancient tea house hiding in a modern shopping mall?

We were indeed confused when the address brought us to Parkson Mall(摩尔百盛) in Sha Wan(沙湾).

We took the escalator to third floor and found Shun Xing Lao Cha Guan(顺兴老茶馆). The classic entrance was a big constrast to the futuristic design of the mall.

The moment we stepped into the tea house, there was a breath of tradition and antiquity. The whole tea house was furnished beautifully to provide a great sense of old Chengdu.

The tea house was splitted into two areas, one for dining and another part for the performance. It was still early for the show, so we decided to try out their Chengdu snack set. There were 4 snack set to choose from, each set included more than 10 different Chengdu snacks in mini portion, priced at RMB58, RMB68, RMB88 and RMB128. It was good that one could sample many different chengdu snacks at a time. We ordered two set for sharing.

I had made an effort to label the first few snacks that I could recognise.

More snacks were served.

The waitress had filled our table with all the unique Chengdu snacks. It was an express way to learn and savour all Chengdu traditional snacks. It was fun!

After that, we proceed to the performance area, which I had called to book a table at row 4 that morning. First row @ RMB98, second row @ RMB88, third row @ RMB78 and the following @ RMB58. If you were willing to pay more, then you could take the front seat.

Our table for four.
It was exactly the same environment as in the tea house that was commonly found in Chinese historical drama. In the drama, the rich people would watch the show while sipping a cup of Chinese tea. It was cool and I like it!

My tea

Snack to mumble during the show

The performance started at 8pm sharp with a traditional dance.

It was followed by acrobatic performance.

turning a pot with her legs

turning a table with her legs

turning seat cushions with her legs

amazing tea art

drama performance

another traditional dance

Lively hand shadow performance

music instrument performance

Finally, it was the world famous face-changing performance.

face changed!

I was a bit disappointed as the face-changing was only 10 minutes out of the total 45 minutes performance. But the overall experience was a good one. And most important of all, it was cheaper compare to other places in Chengdu(I dare not say it was cheapest, but it was cheapest when I was making comparison).

Shun Xing Lao Cha Guan 顺兴老茶馆
258 Sha Wan Road, JinNiu(inside Parkson Mall)
Tel: 028-87693202(Pre-booking is required for the show)