Jiaotong Teahouse after renovation to come back
The cupboards filled with tea
She Dingming cleaning the shop sign
The renovated teahouse being cleaned
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- At the beginning of the month, a photo of a Jiaotong Teahouse being demolished aroused the concern of many netizens. Recently, a reporter from Chongqing Evening News came to the Jiaotong Teahouse to investigate. She Dingming, the teahouse operator, was holding a towel to wipe the table and bench. Facing the sudden visit of the reporter after the “break”, auntie She is very calm. “Not only you, but some netizens called me via Wechat and asked about the teahouse. I didn’t expect so many people to worry about the old teahouse.” She told the reporter, “In fact, it’s not for decoration, but a renovation of tiles. The problem of water leakage in rainy days has been completely solved, and it’s OK to drink tea in rainy days.”
Familiar teahouse “closed”
One message attracted thousands of people
On March 5, a photo of a Jiaotong Teahouse being demolished was circulated in Wechat Moment, which aroused the concern of many netizens. Roughly estimated, there were hundreds of thousands of inquiries from various channels. Yang Qi, a member of the Publicity Committee of Huangjueping Sub-district, Jiulongpo District, told the reporter that many people asked her about Jiaotong Teahouse through WeChat, and she responded one by one: “The teahouse was not demolished, it was just renovated.”
Netizens paid so much attention to an ordinary teahouse, auntie She was also surprised. On the first day of renovation, she received many calls. “Auntie, is the teahouse going to be demolished?” “Why not tell us? We will miss it!” ...
On March 6, she sent a message in WeChat Moment for explaining the “rumor”: “Jiaotong Teahouse has been in the sun and rain for a long time. Considering the safety problem, it needs to be renovated, but it still keeps its original appearance. Thank you for your concern.
After this piece of Moment was sent out, it was the end to inquire about Jiaotong Teahouse. Auntie She said that in addition to Professor Chen Anjian, who invested in the teahouse required to keep this memory, those tea guests also have deep love for the teahouse. “They all like it here. They miss the teahouse.”
“Water” at tile joint
It took two or three days to change the drainage system
On the periphery of Jiaotong Teahouse, there were tiles that have just been refurbished. The tiles were rectangular and adopted the undulating shape to realize the natural guidance of the water flow. According to auntie She, in the past, there was a connection between the tiles and the building. Every time it rained, water leaked. This was a big problem for tea lovers who liked to sit under the wide tiles and drink tea. The renovation was to solve the drainage problem.
Chen Anjian, the investor of Jiaotong Teahouse and professor of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, said in an interview with the reporter that since 2005 when he took over the teahouse, he wanted to replace the tiles. But he found that those old tiles were of good quality and it was difficult to buy suitable tiles to replace. So he temporarily suspended the idea of tile replacement. “In these years, the wires have been replaced only occasionally. And maintenance workers were invited to repair the house now and then. But this year, we are determined to change the tiles.” Professor Chen said that this renovation also solved the problem of “dripping water” at the tile joint, “Using this kind of drainage pipe with the same color as that around Jiaotong Teahouse to drain water, will reduce the burden of tile drainage.” The reporter noted that the new drainage system was integrated with the whole environment, which was hard to see without careful observation.
Tables and benches placed in original order
Each one has corresponding tea guests
Because of the renovation, all the tables and benches were folded and put aside. After cleaning, auntie She and others put the tables and benches back to their original places. The ground of Jiaotong Teahouse was incomparable with that of the common place. It’s old and uneven. For this reason, which bench was the most suitable position, as the person with the longest symbiosis with this teahouse, auntie She knew the best. “When I put the tables and benches, I put them in order. After the renovation, I put them back in order, so as to avoid the uneven appearance of the tables,” She said.
Here, every table and bench has a relationship with the corresponding tea guests, and a certain mark on the table was that a tea guest once stayed. Spring follows winter, cold comes as heat departs. Time is changing, and customers are changing. What remains is memory.
Tea cups placed in order
When to be opened will be announced in the Moment
On a cupboard in the corner, rows of tea cups were listed neatly. Auntie She said that when she decided to renovate, she and the workers moved the cupboard to the corner. “Where are the cups? I took pictures with my camera one by one. After the cupboard was moved, I put them back one by one.” Tea guests have the habit of tea customers. Where to put their cups, they have the habit of drinking specific tea and cups of tea. “If they are used to it, everything will be OK.”
Regarding the concern of when the tea house will be opened, Professor Chen Anjian said that epidemic prevention was still the top priority at the moment. Tell the tea guests that everyone is welcome to come back at that time.” “When to resume operation, we need to review and evaluate our business according to the sub-district. At that time, She will tell the tea guests in the WeChat Moment, welcome to come back at that time.” (Translated by Luo Juan, Fathom Language Limited)