Golden Dragon Ceramic Gaiwan

200 ml

$35.00

3 in stock


This 200 ml gaiwan is the most common size people like to use. It is great for individual service, but you can also share tea with friends by pouring the tea from the gaiwan in to a pitcher. You can brew any type of tea in this gaiwan, porcelain is very easy to remove any flavor left from different kinds of tea. This gaiwan is made from , it is the most common size gaiwan people like to use, medium size. it is great for individual service, also great for sharing with friends, tea pitcher, share tea. you can make with any type of tea, easier to wash out flavor.

This is made of very good porcelain named “De Hua Ci,” from one of the famous porcelain regions, De Hua in the center of Fujian Province. This region has been famous for producing porcelain since the Song Dynasty, dating back to 1,000 years ago. They are especially known for making pure white porcelain. De Hua Ci became very famous during the Ming Dynast (1368-1644), crafting their delicately carved pure white style. They use special clay from the local region, and use methods to highly control the fire inside of the kilns to produce pure white pieces. This particular gaiwan is bright yellow on the outside and soft white on the inside. A golden dragon is painted on the side, saucer and lid. In Chinese culture, the dragon is a symbol of great power. Up until 100 years ago, the dragon was only reserved for the emperor’s palace and clothing. It was essentially owned by the emperor and was illegal for commoners to use because it was considered a symbol of revolt. Now it is a common symbol that is often portrayed in Chinese culture. The dragon on this gaiwan is painted next to the sun, all farmers know the dragon king will help carry water inside his tummy from the ocean to spray on their fields. In Asia, there are many countries that still pray to the dragon king to ask for rain during droughts and they dry season. Tea is regarded in China as a treasure from the gods, the artist wishing you that by drinking tea you will be blessed with success and power such as the dragon.

According to legend, the gaiwan was invented in Sichuan during the Tang Dynasty between 780-783. The daughter of Xi Shuan Jie Du Shu, a general, invented the first gaiwan because in the Tang Dynasty, most tea was served in bowls. She would always burn her fingers when she tried to hold the bowl, so she decided to use a wooden circle sealed with wax to hold the tea bowl in place. Later, they used paint to stick the cup to the wood. Eventually, they would indent pieces of wood so the gaiwan would stay stable, eventually adding a lid to keep it warm and the aroma close to the tea. Gaiwans are also named “san cai bei” which means three piece treasure cup. Even now, Sichuan mainly uses gaiwans for tea service. They can range from being small and delicate to a large size like rice bowls. Sichuan is where tea culture was birthed, and these cups and other traditionals eventually spilled in to other tea regions.

Gaiwans are very useful. You can use them to drink tea by yourself, or your can pour the tea from the gaiwan into a pitcher and serve the tea to friends. In Sichuan, they have five steps for using a gaiwan. Use hot water to wash the tea bowl, tea leaves and bottom part to warm up and clean the gaiwan. Add about 3-5 grams of tea. Pour hot water from one point on the side of the gaiwan, instead of straight in. This will help stir the tea leaves. Infuse about 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. If you are right handed, hold the bottom with your left hand and open the lid with your right hand to smell the aroma. Use the lid to sweep back the tea leaves a few times to bring the stronger flavor from the bottom to mix with the lighter flavored tea on top. Sip from the open space. Using a gaiwan is a very calm and soothing way to drink tea, gently moving the tea leaves inside the gaiwan.

Golden Dragon Ceramic Gaiwan brewing guidelines

Learn how to brew tea in a Gai Wan Cup.