One of the most standard tourist attractions in Chengdu is Sichuanese opera or “chuanju.” It’s fire-breathing, face-changing theater of photogenic spectacle actively promoted by tourism agencies and hostels alike. But few actual Chengdu residents regularly, if ever, get out to such performances for a number of reasons. Price tends to be a major factor, with big shows regularly running RMB150 or more per performance.
However, at Yue Lai Teahouse, one of Chengdu’s best bargain attractions, you can catch a lively rendition of the Sichuanese classical art form for a fraction of the price.
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