Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province, located on the western side of the Red Basin, China's rice basket. The city has existed since the fourth century, and sometimes it feels as though the laidback locals love nothing better than to hang out at one of their favourite tea houses, sipping on a steamy brew in much the same manner as their ancestors have for generations. The city is home to the usual
Chinese high-rise buildings and residential blocks, but a sprinkling of flourishing parks injects a colourful cheer to the proceedings. These are lined with long-established teahouses, some of which are over a thousand years old. From jasmine to exquisite green teas produced in the nearby hills, Chengdu has long created liquid inspiration for writers and travellers passing through.

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