It has to hold the bowl quite well when tilted. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. There's a problem loading this menu right now. This is a beautifully designed and hand-crafted vessel that may be used to brew and to serve tea. Water/tea is never filled to the top, but a few millimeter below the level where the lid covers the bowl. The gaiwan, also known as the Sancai bei, Chazhan or Covered bowl, is often used as a substitute teapot. The gaiwan, when used as a cup, is to be held by the saucer in place even when tilting it to drink from it. It is unclear as to the history of its development but we can find traces in paintings and writings of the past. Iced tea: Sweeteners and other ingredients. It consists of just three parts, as shown here: the lid (left), the cup (center), and the saucer (right). Tealeaves and/or hot water and/or tea is added AFTER the bowl is rested on the saucer receptacle. 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This has a few ideas in it: When you need a refill but you are not supposed to do it yourself, always leave the lid half open on the bowl so the one who is responsible for refilling your gaiwan can be visually hinted. height:2.95 in Width:3.35 in 150ml. Using the gaiwan as a cup was extremely popular amongst the Manchurians during the Qing Dynasty (1644~1911). They simply sprinkled some tealeaves into the bowl, added hot water, and drank directly from it. They simply sprinkled some tealeaves into the bowl, added hot water, and drank directly from it. All rights reserved. Again, this is different from when using the gaiwan as a teapot in gongfu infusion. 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A gaiwan (or "guywan" with Wade-Giles romanization) is actually a pretty simple little contraption. The default tea categories of choice were green and jasmine scented green teas. (More in later articles). It can be made from pretty much anything except metal (which would absorb far too much heat), such as glass, porcelain, or clay. The default tea categories of choice were green and jasmine scented green teas. It also can be used as a tea cup. Admittedly, the gaiwan when used as a cup will demand a bit of practice for those who have grown up using the “eared” cup and saucer.