Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, lies in the hinterland of the Chengdu Plain, in central Sichuan. The urban area is inhabited by more than 3 million people.
During its 2.5 thousand years of history, Chengdu has been capital for five dynasties, placing high among important political and economical centers. It was called Brocade City for its manufacturing of brocades but also City of Hibiscus, for hibiscus plant covering the City Walls.
Tea houses to Sichuan people are not only about celebrating the tea but also a lifestyle. Chengdu was once called "China's party city". The number of tea houses and bars are greater than in Shanghai that twice so big.
The inhabitants of Chengdu have a reputation - both within Sichuan province and in China at large - for having a laid back attitude and for knowing how to enjoy life. Some of then spend entire days in tea houses (which often are simple furnished with cane chairs) playing Mah-jongg, reading, or just listening to some birds in cage. The tea houses open at 5 a.m. and many people start their day - literary, even rinsing there - from visiting a favorite tea house for brew and breakfast. Many do not bother to dress properly. In many tea houses you can even get a massage.
Currency: Chinese renminbi, also known as Yuan (CNY).
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+8.
Driving: on the right side of the road.
Climate & weather:
Chengdu has a subtropical monsoon climate. Spring comes early, the summer is very hot, autumn rather cool, and winter is mostly mild, but in the coldest month of the year, January, the temperature drops to 5 degrees C. The best months for visit: April -May or September - November.