If you've never had the chance to get down to Chengdu or some other dope Sichuan location and bear witness to some Sichuan Opera, by all means do. It might not be traditionally relaxing (what with the great columns of fire and all), but there is some serious potential for titillation and invigoration, and it just may leave you feeling awash with jitters and excitement. All you have to do is sit back for a few hours, shuck some sunflower seeds with you teeth and imbibe some smooth, local tea. And if you can't make it to Sichuan, don't fret, there's always Ba Guo Bu Yi (Ba Guó Bù Yī, 巴国布衣), where you can get a little taste of traditional Sichuan entertainment. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but there might be sword swallowing, rapid speed face-changing antics and, of course, great balls of fire. So get out there and treat yourself. You deserve it. (Continues after the jump.... )
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