Tibetan teahouses are full of humanistic atmosphere. If you are interested in local Tibetan culture, going to the local Tibetan teahouses will never disappoint you. Tibetans not only drink yak butter tea, sweet tea is actually more popular in Lhasa.
Guangming Teahouse used to be a well-known old brand teahouse, you could find it in any travel strategy online. Sitting in the lane beside Jokhang Temple square, you just need to show the picture of it to any local people happened to by your side if you can not find it.
Guangming Teahouse in Lhasa
Sadly the demolition of Guangming Teahouse is a major event in the lives of locals recent days. Guangming Teahouse is a significant memory of many people who living or traveled to Lhasa. Hence the local Tibetans are dismayed with the demolition of Guangming Teahouse.
Although it is only simple and crudely decorated, even a little bit shabby, but a special beauty of sense of age made it a memory card of Lhasa people for a decade years. Comparatively speaking, it maybe a little noisy and lacks the tranquility and peace of Tsamkhung Nunnery, but you can better understand the lives of people living here.
In this small space, overflowing with guests every day. Some guests stay here for a whole day. Although it is a cliche to say that Tibetan locals believe that “Better three days without food than one day without tea" The teahouse plays an important role in the daily life of Tibetan people. That’s why people who first come to Lhasa are usually shocked by the number of teahouses in the streets and alleys.
Local People Enjoy Sweet Tea
Unlike the mainland tea houses, which are mainly drink green tea or black tea, also it also differs from our imagination that Tibetan tea drinkers mainly have yak butter tea, it is the sweet tea that rooted in the hearts of people and runs through Lhasa like blood vessels.
The mottled walls are decorated with traditional Tibetan accessories, and the old wooden chairs on the ground are polished by time. The local residents of Lhasa gathering around here, you would find yourself surrounded by tea-stained tables.
The old teahouses with decades of history, eventually, with the passage of time, the days of those who came and left can only be found in memories...