1. boast : if a place, object, or organization boasts sth, it has something that is very good. 自豪的拥有（好的事物）
Within living memory his home town, the capital of Sichuan province, had boasted more than 600 teahouses, or chaguan.
Eg: Hangzhou boasts the West Lake.
2. serve as: 用作，当……使用
Some served as rough-and-ready courtrooms for unlicensed lawyers (to “take discussion tea” wasto seek mediation)
Eg: The living room served as her study.
3. expel: 驱逐，除名，排出
Teahouses were told to expel itinerant barbers (who didsometimes drop hair clippings in other patrons’ teacups, it is true).
Eg: He was expelled from the school for cheating in the exam.
4. draw on : 凭借，利用
The author Lao She, who in 1956 charted a Beijing tea shop’s woes over a half-century in his play “Teahouse”, drew on life when he had the establishment’s manager pin up signs pleading “No talk of state affairs”
Eg: He drew on his expereince as a actor to make a documentary program.
1. Some were famous for storytellers or opera. Others welcomed bird-lovers, who liked to suspend their pets in cages from teahouse eaves to show off their plumage and singing. Some served as rough-and-ready court rooms for unlicensed lawyers(to “take discussion tea” was to seek mediation). One place might attract tattooed gangsters, another intellectuals.