The term gaiwan ( Chinese: 蓋碗 ) is the romanization of Mandarin Chinese pronunciation for the term that means “lidded bowl”.
In tea, a gaiwan is used popularly as a vessel for drinking from, or as one where the tea is infused in. Sometimes both purposes at the same time.
Popular sizes of this vessel range from 70ml to 160ml. They are very often used in gongfu infusion approaches and in teashops for quick tasting.
There are a few other expressions for the object. A popular one used in Cantonese is cha zhong ( Chinese: 茶盅 ), literally lidded handle-less vessel for tea.
The term gaiwan is used and explained further in these articles:
- Better Tea-making: Measurements
- Bouquet Style Phoenix Oolongs
- Fluorides in Tea: Good or Bad?
- Fuding Semi-black: White Tea with a Twist
- Gongfu Infusion: Chapter 2
- Gongfu Infusion/ Chapter 1: The Basics
- Gongfu tea
- Green Tea: Tasting and Health Notes
- Huangshan Maofeng, High Fire Style Green Tea
- Longjing, Tea from the Dragon’s Well
- Making Tea with the Mug
- Oolongs: Phoenix Varieties
- Oolongs: Tasting & Buying Tips
- Phoenix Oolong: Classic Styles
- Phoenix Oolongs: Health & Buying tips
- Pictorial History of Gaiwan
- Silver Needles, the First White Tea
- Tea Against the Cold
- Tea Etiquette for Chinese New Year
- Tea Etiquette: Using the Gaiwan as a Cup
- Tea Infusion: What does it Mean?
- Teaware: The Cup
- Teaware: The Gaiwan
- Teaware: The Incredible Chahai
- Teaware: The Taster’s Mug
- The True Chinese “Tea Ceremony”
- Tieguanyin, the Quintessential Minnan Oolong
- To blanch or not to blanch? That is the question
- Uva Green, in the Gongfu Spirit
- Zhenghe White Peony, Matured for 8 Years