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When buying a Chinese tea set, it is usually helpful to also buy a wooden tea tray if one is not
already provided with the set. These trays not only look great and provide the perfect place for
showing off your Chinese tea ware, but they are also highly functional when it comes to actually
brewing and serving Chinese teas. All should have some sort of a drainage system, so that any
excess or spilled water or tea can drain off easily.

There are quite a few different styles of wooden tea trays. In fact, you are also able to buy, at a
much cheaper price, plastic tea trays that serve basically the same purpose. These plastic trays
generally do not look as authentic or as stylish as a regular wooden tea tray and if it is possible to
obtain a wood tray it is highly recommended.

When deciding on your tea tray, one of the main things to check is the drainage system. If the tray
is made by someone who does not really understand the tea culture and how Chinese teas are
made and poured, they may not realize the actual importance of this draining system and thus
may just make one that is 'for show' rather than one that actually works as it is supposed to.

Of course, if you are not planning on using your tea set for the purpose it is made for, then this
may not be a problem, but if you are planning on learning how to serve tea you will want a
genuine, working tea tray. Some trays sit on a slightly deeper base, and the water simply runs
through some drainage holes into the bottom tray. This tray needs to be emptied manually after
you have finished your tea. Other trays have slats or grooves cut into either the entire tray or a
section of the tray, where water is channeled to plastic tubing that attaches underneath the tray.
Water runs into the tubing and then into a small container that is tucked away neatly under the
table.

You will also want to ensure that the tray is large enough, providing you have the room for it, for
your tea pot, any tea accessories and your tea cups to sit on with room left over where you can
assemble the cups and pour the tea. Trays come in quite a few different sizes so you should be
able to find something suitable whether you only have two Chinese cups or four or more.

These are the main considerations when looking at Chinese tea trays. If it is authentically made
you do not need to worry that the wood will warp or become damaged because of the water or tea
running onto it. Prices are reasonable and these items can easily be bought online if they do not
come with your Chinese tea set.




Peter Wescombe has been living and working in Asian countries for many years. Since living in
Asia he has been introduced to the interesting culture that surrounds Chinese teas and the
resultant rich tea culture that has developed. Setting up the Zi Chun tea trading company, he now
sells all varieties of Chinese tea, as well as accessories including Chinese tea sets and the
Chinese tea tray.




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