Gaiwan Tea Customs

The gaiwan 盖碗 (covered bowl), also called gaibei 盖杯 (covered cup), is a popular and very simple way to both brew and drink tea.

Gaiwans are quite common in certain parts of China. In Chengdu you see them used often at teahouses.

Gaiwans are perfect for brewing a new tea that you have not tried yet. The white porcelain allows you to examine the color of the tea infusion. And you can easily examine the type of tea leaf, and the quality of tea leaf in your cup. So it's perfect for experimenting with new teas. And when you are done drinking, they are very simple to clean.

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