Cha Hai refers to the ‘sea of tea.’ We use this vessel to control the strength of the brew during Gong Fu Tea Ceremonies. After brewing the tea in a Teapot or Gaiwan, it should be decanted into a Cha Hai. From there, it gets poured into individual cups. This way, we can ensure that the tea leaves do not continue to steep. In Chinese, Cha Hai is also called ‘Gong Dao Bei’ or ‘Bowl of Impartiality’ because it allows each participant to enjoy the same brew.
This beautifully glazed Cha Hai depicts white cranes — a symbol of peace and longevity in Chinese culture. Throughout imperial times in China, cranes were depicted on the robes of officials to represent their rank.
NOTE: Teaware easily absorbs taste and aromas and should never be washed using detergents.