In brewing Chinese tea, the commonly used teapot now are: zisha teapot (紫砂壺), gaiwan (蓋碗)(To me when gaiwans are used in gongfu tea, they are just a teapot), large pocelain teapots (瓷壺), and glass teapots (玻璃壺).
|A zisha teapot with Chinese|
calligraphy carved on it
|Me having tea at LaoShe Tea House|
in Beijing in May 2011. In northern
China, tea is served in a gaiwan and
you drink straight from it.
|Glass teapots are good for flowering tea,|
allowing you to see the beauty of the tea
as it steeps.