I am very impressed with this product, the Peking Opera Mask tea set from Think Beijing. It is made of Blanc de Chine porcelain (Dehua) and is from Fujian province in mainland China. This is from an area where the Peking Opera is well known.
I have not stopped using this set since I received it five days ago. It is very well crafted and looks every bit as good as the product photos imply. It is an absolute bargain and has proven itself to be ideal for brewing a wide variety of Chinese green tea, as stated in the product description. This set has already replaced all of my gaiwans that were being used to brew green tea.
The lid fit and pour of this gaiwan is much better than average, based on my experience with several others from both Taiwan and China. I always had a strong dislike of gaiwans due to the mess they (or I) make, but the functionality of this set is superb.
With the Peking Opera mask theme, this set is also very entertaining to use.
This is one of the best tea ware purchases I have ever made. As an added bonus, I was not aware that this set included a very sturdy, high-quality gift box. I rate this set 5 stars for functionality and 5 stars for value.
Full Set:http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac15 ... aMaskF.jpg
Pitcher:http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac15 ... aMaskD.jpg
Gaiwan:http://s895.photobucket.com/albums/ac15 ... aMaskE.jpg
A note on the vendor:
I always hesitate before placing an order with an unfamiliar vendor. It takes a lot to get me to hit the "buy" button the first time. Think Beijing was an exception. I was immediately impressed with the carefully selected product line. The effort that went into the website layout, product descriptions, and product videos show that these people care very much about what they're doing. This put me at ease, and I had no trouble hitting the "buy" button with confidence.
My first order arrived much quicker than I expected. It was meticulously packaged and arrived in perfect condition.
What's more important than good customer service during the sale? The customer service received after the sale. There was one very minor issue with my order that required an answer from the manufacturer. Think Beijing's customer service group responded as expected, contacted the manufacturer, and I had my answer very quickly. The manufacturer's response was also very positive and customer-oriented.
My first order with Think Beijing was one of the most positive online purchases I have ever made. Strong online customer-vendor relationships are rare nowadays, and it was a pleasure to receive some old-fashioned, customer-oriented service. Think Beijing treats its customers like they are important clients, not an order number, and this service is extended to us even on small orders like this one. Based on my first order, this is a 5 star vendor whom I highly recommend for its products and service!http://www.thinkbeijing.com/index.php
Note: Some products have great videos as well as the standard product pictures, something I haven’t seen elsewhere.
The video on this page is very nicely done (product at the top, click read more, video is about half way down the page):http://www.thinkbeijing.com/Gaiwan%2C-% ... %22-9.html