The gaiwan ("covered bowl") - China's traditional covered tea cup. It symbolizes the time-honored way of sharing tea informally with friends. The gaiwan consists of a saucer, bowl and lid. The lid allows the tea to be infused right in the bowl and either be drunk right from the bowl or decanted into smaller tasting cups. The versatility of the gaiwan makes it the universal tool of traditional tea preparation. Its charming utility encompasses all varieties of tea and provides the ideal setting for visual appreciation, aromatic delight and tasting pleasure.