Guanyinege Old Teahouse in Pengzhen county just outside of Chengdu is a century-old tea house that doesn’t seem to have changed with the times. Faded murals of cultural revolution era artwork and slogans adorn the walls and neighborhood seniors camp out with tobacco pipes and sip bottomless cups of tea from sunrise. It's become popular recently with domestic tourists, so it's best to beat the crowds as the local seniors do, and arrive before 7 am.
Sunlight trickles into the room through gaps in its wooden structure and a bright red stained glass cutout of a red star on the roof, hitting the smoke rising from tobacco pipes and the coal-fired stove just right. Kettles of boiling water are always on the ready to refill your cup as soon as it's dry. If you're lucky, they might even pour it for you from a traditional long-spouted teapot, which is really something to witness.