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  Chinese tea set with smelling cups

 

Vietnam

A Chinese tea set, each cup with a cylindrical smelling cups, which capture the aroma and are known in Chinese as pin ming bei (品茗杯). Those cups are filled up first and from them, the tea is then poured into the drinking cup. Immediately after pouring out the tea, the fragrance smelling cup is held to the nostrils in order to sniff up the aroma of the tea.