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  1. Ceramic Pixiu Mythical Beast Tea Pet 'Chi Wen'

    Ceramic Pixiu Mythical Beast Tea Pet 'Chi Wen'

    A handmade ceramic tea pet in the shape of the most popular mythical creature (Pi Xiu) that gradually changes skin when you nourish it with tea liquor. Learn More

  2. Tea Mascot - Dragon Tea Pet Tea Mascot - Dragon Tea Pet

    Tea Mascot - Dragon Tea Pet

    If you've ever been in a traditional Chinese tea shop, you must've seen all the cute tea mascots. It's often pretty overwhelming to see so many of them at the same time. Get one for yourself now. Learn More

  3. Chinese Yixing Tea Pet ‘Lucky Frog’ Chinese Yixing Tea Pet ‘Lucky Frog’

    Chinese Yixing Tea Pet ‘Lucky Frog’

    A lucky frog tea pet with a coin in the mouth, which is going to bring you great fortunes. Learn More

  4. Chinese Yixing Clay Tea Pet ‘Happy Monk’ - Buddha Tea Pet Chinese Yixing Clay Tea Pet ‘Happy Monk’ - Buddha Tea Pet

    Chinese Yixing Clay Tea Pet ‘Happy Monk’ - Buddha Tea Pet

    A buddha/monk tea pet with a smile on the face, a heavenly peach in one hand, and a piece of gold in the other. Learn More

  5. Chinese Yixing Frog & Fish Tea Pet "Lotus of Love" Chinese Yixing Frog & Fish Tea Pet "Lotus of Love"

    Chinese Yixing Frog & Fish Tea Pet "Lotus of Love"

    Small master piece made of Yixing clay displaying a lotus leaf on which a frog and gold fish meet for the first time... Learn More
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Buy cool Chinese tea pets in our online tea store including lucky frogs, dragons, mythical beasts and monks!

What is a tea pet?

A tea pet is a traditional craft from China, which is usually made from yixing clay (also known as 'zisha') and ceramic. It's a tea lover's practice in China to nourish the tea pets by rinsing them with tea liquor. This is a part of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and that's why they are usually placed on tea trays when one is making tea.

How to nourish a yixing tea pet?

  • Pu erh tea is often considered the most suitable for raising a tea pet. This does NOT mean other tea types such as black, green and oolong tea are unsuitable. However, you should consistently use one tea type when taking care of the pet.
  • Pour regularly tea liquor on the pet. Don't use plain water! Over time your tea pet will slowly develop a scent of the tea that you drink.
  • Clean your tea pet with a soft brush and rub it with a soft cloth. When you do this, the pet the hand-feel of the pet will slowly change from rough to smooth and it will become shiny.
  • The above is the most natural way to raise a pet. However, a shortcut is to leave your pet for a 2-4 days in tea liquor to obtain faster effect. However, like many things in life, there are no shortcuts to perfection. If you consider this approach, raising a tea pet probably isn't something for you.

Why raise a Chinese tea pet?

Chinese tea pets comes in many shapes such as mythical beasts, saints and Buddhas. They symbolize luck and fortune and this is one reason why tea lovers raise them. Besides this, yixing tea pets (like yixing tea pots) also slowly increase in price over time well they are well taken care of.

Improving your luck and making money, however, is usually not the reason why tea lover have pets. The main reason is that raising a tea pet is a meditative practice and a form of art that is part of the whole traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Imagine whenever you drink tea you involve your pet, it will slowly develop a scent of your favorite tea. And as you involve your pet in your daily tea practice, it will slowly become a part of you. Curious? Get a tea pet yourself and give it a try!