I was searching for the name of this things for a longer time, but besides "presentation vessel", the chinese word for it seems to be "Cha He", even when only a few are using it. Don't know if it's the right / exactly word for it... I don't speek chinese, even when I'm visiting China in 3 weeks
Yeah, I think the most common name is hé (荷) as in lotus (btw, not pronounced as in English), kind of a fanciful reference to a lotus blossom, I think.
See alsohttp://chadao.blogspot.com/2007/06/shop ... cs-of.html
Babelcarp suggests this character instead:http://www.panix.com/~perin/babelcarp.cgi?phrase=cha+he
I have also seen the slightly more practical seeming hé (盒) as in box. Exactly the same phonetic sound. I think this could also be considered correct, but could also refer to a gift box box of tea.
If you do google image searches for 茶荷 vs 茶盒, you'll see what I mean.
By the way, does anyone know of a nice teahouse in Shanghai?
You want a teahouse to drink tea, or somewhere to buy tea? There are some famous old teahouses you can visit in the touristy area, but I would visit them more for the ambience than for drinking (or buying) tea. If you want to buy tea, I would check out the wholesale tea malls like Tianshan Tea City (天山茶城) on Zhongshan Lu (Road) - address in Chinese should be 上海中山西路520号 if you want to print it out. Not too far from a subway stop (there's one or two other tea shopping areas like this - maybe someone else can chime in with the name / location). You could check out Youtang 宥堂 in stall #3335 - bought a few things from them online recently, though they are definitely not cheap. These are the kind of places where you could spend days or weeks, so allocate time for a few separate trips if you've got the time.
be another tea city called Wuyi Tea City (same as in Wuyishan) - 武夷茶城. I don't know how big it is, but the address is 上海玉屏南路3-7号. bears3x is in China now, so he may have an update on tea shopping in Shanghai and Beijing soon.
It is easy to find some pretty good stuff for not a lot of money here, and most places will bargain. However, finding exceptional stuff may take some digging, patience, and relationship building. There are a number of puer shops, including the Hai Lang Hao shop, there are a couple Wuyi yancha shops (2 good ones on the second floor, I think, including Qi Ming Cha Ye (琪明茶叶; can't find the stall number), though it's been a few years since I was in Tianshan), some good teapot and porcelain shops.
For the most part, stay clear of the tea shops in touristy areas.