Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Old Fathers' Tea Bar in Hainan Island

The most special tea bar in Hainan Island is called Old Fathers' Tea Bar. Why is it called as Old Fathers' Tea Bar? Because a long time ago, many old men who retired would get together to drink tea in such tea bars. Gradually, these tea bars gained such a name. The old fathers' tea bar is special scenery of Hainan. Most of these bars locate at the corners of old streets or under the big trees.

Usually they do not have a lot of interior decorations, and there are several tea tables and chairs inside. The old men always order a pot of tea and drink tea with big tea bowls, also order some peanuts or desserts, all of these will only take several Chinese dollars. And the old men can talk freely and spend their time happily there. Most of them will go to the old fathers' bar at 2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon and go back home for dinner at about 6 o'clock, so they mainly spend 3 or 4 hours there each day. The old fathers' tea represents a relaxing life in Hainan.

People in Hainan would rather live a relaxing life without having too much money than live a busy life with a lot of money. So the old men usually gather in tea bars to chat or play pokers, but in the recent years, even the young people like to spend their time there. Sometimes it is good to spend your time at these bars, because you can feel relaxed there, but if you are young, do not usually go there, the reason is quite obvious: you need to work hard and make money but not to spend too much time in these bars, because they are for old men who are retired.

Another special thing I need to mention about this kind of special bar is that most of bar products are all made of coconut trees, so they are natural and special. If you go to Hainan Island to have a travel, you can have a visit the old fathers' bar to experience its atmosphere.

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