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2006-02-21 09:44:34

Drinking Tea in Changdu

The tea served in Changdu is highly influenced by Tibetan customs. Most locals here drink Tibet-style buttered tea. The tea leaves are native to Tibet. The special brew is prepared by mixing butter and salt with the juice from fully boiled and fermented tea leaves. Before serving, the mixture is further blended in a special blender. This is usually a slim wooden cylinder with a piston to push and pull inside the cylinder. The mixture of butter, salt and tea passes through the piston and cylinder to create a unique blend popular in Tibet. Both sweet teas or Tibetan buttered tea are served in small or large thermo flasks which preserve the heat necessary to savour the best flavour.

The Khamba People and Their Culture

The Khamba area is located in the east of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The locals here speak the Khamba dialect. In addition to the rich culture of the Khamba people, one will discover many beautiful and distinctive scenic spots in Changdu.


There is a famous proverb among Tibetans, "If a Khamba person can speak, then he can sing well; if he can walk on both feet, then he can dance well, too." Known for their bold and outspoken character, the Khamba dance style equally stands out from that of other Tibetans. Their most popular folk dance is known as the "Guozhuang Dance". Divided into two sides by gender, the dancers move arm-in-arm, singing to the rhythm of their pounding feet.

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