Enjoy the Chongqing style leisure life with Laoyin Tea
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- In Jiefangbei, which is the most modern place of Chongqing, you can also experience the most traditional leisure life and most favorite taste of Chongqing people. What's the taste? Let's talk about the most popular tea in Chongqing.
The tea is not the real tea
The exclusive taste of Chongqing people
In the past, Chongqing people may spend a day in an off-street teahouse with Laoyin tea.
The waiter in a teahouse takes a cup, opens the big tea bottle and pours a cup of Laoyin tea for a guest. After the guest gulping down a cup of tea, the summer is like gone.
In the hotpot restaurant, when people feel “on fire” due to spicy food, they will drink a mouthful of Laoyin tea, then the spicy taste will dissipate.
At dusk, under the ficus virens, the older playing chess will drink Laoyin tea in their enamelled cup. After the tea, the player may turn the tables.
Laoyin tea which is not the real tea and cannot be found in the Book of Tea by Lu Yu, is a kind of leaf firstly found by Ba people in the gorge of Ta-pa Mountains. The boiled leaf water can relief summer-heat, quench thirst and hot taste and is the exclusive taste of Chongqing people.
Corners in crowded downtown
Back to the last century
According to old Chongqing people, in the 1960s and 1970s, there were Laoyin tea booths in streets and alleys and under ficus virens, and a tea booth only had a coal stove, a teapot, two or three small tables and about ten wood stools and tea bowls.
People passing by the tea booth would be attracted by the fragrance of Laoyin tea.
Now, old tea booths are rarely seen, but the tea can be found in the Xiaorizi Teahouse at Shancheng Lane in Jiefangbei.
Standing in the corner of the downtown, the teahouse brings people back to the old time. In the old brick house, people sit on bamboo chairs to enjoy their leisure life.
The bamboo table is a little yellowing under oil-paper umbrella. On the table, there is tea bottle with bamboo weaving cover and ceramic whiteware tea bowl. The space under the ficus virens is still in the last century.
You may feel the clean water by observing the shrimp painting of Qi Baishi, feel the wind whistling by enjoying the horse painting of Xu Beihong, and you can taste the traces of time by having tea in Xiaorizi Teahouse and listening to the conversation of old Chongqing people. (Translated by Ma Shuangshuang, Fathom Language Limited)