China | Chengdu, Sichuan

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 2comments No tags Permalink 1

20964048010_72042f3be7_cA rewarding and spicy week in Chengdu. Half the week in the city, and half the week in Qing Cheng Mountain.

This is the entrance to Temple House, the newest (and third) hotel in the House Collective. The other two properties are Opposite House in Beijing and Upper House in Hong Kong.

20529201424_b32af7abb4_cHot water kettle, tea set, and selection of teas…a few of the most important items in a hotel room…

21141729062_46d4302f6e_cBest part of Temple House is MI XUN Teahouse. Chengdu has more teahouses than any other city in China, and the tea culture here is enchanting. Only catch is that you need to speak Mandarin (or have a friend who does) in order to access the best teahouses/teas. There’s a bunch of other modern teahouses, but the experience is lacking. What got me excited about MI XUN is that it’s a modern place that both respects tradition and makes quality teas accessible regardless of whether or not you speak Chinese. We’ll do a separate post on this place soon…

21125806706_97017e9750_c…because the tea/temple cuisine…

21126057106_a43d1bd76d_c…and sweets (coconut and papaya!) at MI XUN are also amazing.

21142033502_7bd4d3c96f_cA few blocks from Temple House is this neat place called Chongde Li…

20964095960_fa9e4104a4_c…it’s an short alley (owned by a local artist), that splits off into a teahouse, hotel, restaurant.

20964106230_667c632388_cFirst comes the tea house…

20531141103_3ee9f49e58_c…then you just walk a bit further in for the restaurant…

20531122003_7975c1e47a_c…and finally the hotel which is made of 12 loft rooms. The whole place felt very Taiwanese.

20963693260_e19138541b_cBreakfast jook and dumplings at The Temple Cafe…

20529438064_3766a2f902_c…and afternoon tea.

20529141744_81368b37fd_cHand roasting Sichuan green teas…

20965292739_7c39549463_c…and a stroll through the new Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li.

21159882771_527eca9f3a_cAnd then…the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Big pandas…

20964170398_ceca781cd1_c…a baby pandas. These guys were just a month old ^-^

20965070149_18ff0d5d16_c (1)One more cup at The Temple House…

20640894634_d880fbc794_c…a morning swim. And then it’s an hour drive to Qing Cheng Mountain.

21263587605_5d1d256c1a_cThe Six Senses just opened a new property at the base of the mountain…

21076683369_cc7c2f3ce8_c…don’t forget to wear plenty of mosquito repellant.

21075858208_e366a6d0fd_cIn-room gaiwans ^-^

21075854878_c83b99e136_cAnd a little tea cafe on property. A morning pot of chrysanthemum followed by…

21253235462_04e3e2ef95_c…spicy cold noodles and…

21076868649_5f1b12824b_c…dan dan mein! Too hard to pick just one so two mini bowls are perfect.

21263554715_cfcab52812_cThe indoor pool (travel seems to be the only time where I get any sort of exercise)…

21263589975_0f298f35e3_c…another peek in the rooms…

21253250942_bc0637243c_c…and spicy beef in hot broth o_O

21076859609_090c11bd92_cP.S. Don’t forget, it’s pink kiwi season in Sichuan.

2 Comments
  • Anja
    September 27, 2015

    I absolutely adore your blog and love the way it has developed.

    Since you seem to have lots of expertise regarding delicious food. Are there places you would recommend in Portland, Oregon?

    Have a great time in NYC!
    Anja

  • Marilyn
    September 27, 2015

    I would love to know recommendations for the Pacific Northwest also. Love visiting your blog, but don’t always stop to leave a comment.

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