Stepping into the PengZhen teahouse in Chengdu’s Shuangliu district is like taking a stroll through time. This ancient teahouse has retained the charm and décor of the Mao era, making it not just a place for tea but a living testament to history. On my latest photo escapade, I delved into this unique slice of the past, capturing moments that echo with nostalgia.
The teahouse, frozen in the aesthetics of a bygone era, has become a fascinating spot for locals and tourists alike. The allure lies in its authenticity—old wooden furniture, faded red lanterns, and Mao-era memorabilia transport visitors to a China that once was. It’s like being on the set of a historical drama, with every detail telling a story.
What makes PengZhen truly special is the regular gathering of seniors who frequent the teahouse, donned in traditional attire. It’s a captivating sight—a living tableau of history. These seniors, sipping tea and posing gracefully, have turned the teahouse into a stage for cultural appreciation, creating opportunities for photographers like me to capture the essence of tradition.
One of the teahouse’s unique features is its commitment to tradition. Here, water is still heated with charcoal, infusing the air with a smoky warmth. The ambiance becomes a time machine, whisking visitors away from the bustling present into a simpler, more contemplative past.
Location : PengZhen teahouse, Chengdu
• Nikon Z5
• Nikon 28mm f/2.8 Z
• Nikon 40mm f/2 Z
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