Traditional Chinese Teahouses

A Chinese teahouse

A traditional Chinese teahouse in Black Town, Zhejiang Province, with free entertainment of storytelling in the local dialect.

Chinese teahouses traditionally also functioned as theatres hosting light performance, typically storytelling arts, such as Suzhou Pingtan, Suzhou Pinghua, Tianjin Tune Drum and Pingshu in various local dialects.

The subjects of the free entertainment at teahouses were mainly about Chinese history and legends, which became one of the major channels for many uneducated peasants and labourers to gain knowledge about their own history and culture.

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