"At the chaikhana" Top 5 Page for this destination Samarkand Local Custom Tip by TheWanderingCamel
Samarkand Local Customs: 12 reviews and 16 photos
As with bread, so with tea - the chaikhana is central to Uzbek life. Green tea cools the body down in the hot days of summer and warms you up in winter, settles the stomach fed on greasy food and refreshes the mind. Black tea is considered to be stimulating - it's always available but is only popular in Tashkent. Old men gather to while the day away in the company of others, whole families gather to enjoy each other's company for a while before moving on to continue their day, tired shoppers pause awhile in the bazaar, lone drinkers take a break in a shady corner - there is always someone in the chaikhana. If you are invited to join a party (as we were this one at the Lyabi Gor) take off your shoes, sit up on the takhta and share the tea, the company and the good will.
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