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A Stoner’s Honest Review of The China Glass Company

Purchasing a new bong always seems like a lot of fun but it can actually be a lot of work. Bongs are typically more expensive pieces so you have to do your research for which bong or brand will best fit your needs.

If you have done any research prior to reading this article, well, you may have heard to stay away from imported glass. In most cases, this is a good rule of thumb.

However, China Glass has been able to overcome this stereotype of thin, cheap imported glass earning the respect of glass collector’s all over the world. In fact, we ranked them as one of our Top Bong Brands for 2019 because of their high quality, affordable prices, and unique designs.

At HelpingPot, we understand the struggle of finding a quality piece. This is why we do in depth bong reviews, to ensure that you get all the details to make the most informed decision on your next bong purchase!

In this article you will learn:

  • Who is China Glass
  • China Glass’ Top 3 Bongs
  • What Makes China Glass Bongs the Best?
  • Pros and Cons of China Glass
  • Who China Glass is Best for
  • Overall Grade: Honest Review
  • Where to find China Glass Products

China Glass Background

China Glass handcrafts their elegant water pipes in the Hebei Province of Northern China. With over 100 years of glassblowing experience, China Glass has been able infuse their ancient dynastic history and traditions into every masterpiece they create.

Most of their products look like they are beautiful porcelain vases that are meant to be centerpieces on table or in a case to be displayed. Every water pipe made by China Glass is put through rigorous quality control measures to ensure that each product exceeds customer standards.

It takes a lot to overcome a stereotype of cheap overseas glass and China Glass has done that because of their quality control standards. We like to describe China Glass pieces as aesthetically pleasing pieces that are for special occasions. The quality of the glass is very high, and you can expect a smooth smoking experience.

China Glass has manufactured many masterpieces, but to save time, we are going to review China Glass’ top 3 water pipes:

  • The “Min”
  • The “Tang”
  • The “Cao Cao”

These are 3 of the most popular bongs made by China Glass, and also some of our personal favorites.

Top 3 China Glass Bongs Review

Let’s take a deeper look at some of the best China Glass Bongs on the market.

The “Min” Dynasty Vase Water Pipe


The “Min” Bong is the tallest of the three China Glass bongs coming in at 15 inches tall. This bong has a sleek design at both ends that gets wider in the middle.

This design allows the smoke to go down the downstem into the shallow bottom then rushes up into the wide middle piece to cool the smoke down giving you space for a smooth milky hit.

  • Premium Borosilicate Tubing
  • Diffused Downstem
  • 14mm Female Joint
  • 14mm Male Bowl
  • 15 Inches Tall
Color Options:
  • White with Blue Accents

The “Tang” Dynasty Water Pipe


Of the 3 bongs, the “Tang” is the smallest only measuring up to 11 inches. This bong however has the best shape to it in our professional opinion. Even though this may be the smallest bong this bong is best known for the smooth hits it provides.

The large sphere at the bottom pools the smoke, cooling it down at it whirlpools around until the rush is pulled and the smoke vortexes up through the bubble and then the mouthpiece straight to your head. This bong looks best in black with gold accents but comes in all three color options for your personal preference.

  • Premium Borosilicate Tubing
  • Fixed Diffused Downstem
  • 14.5mm Female Joint
  • 14.5mm Male Bowl
  • 11 Inches Tall
Color Options:
  • Black with Gold Accents
  • Black with Blue Accents
  • White with Blue Accents

The “Cao Cao” Dynasty Water Pipe


The “Cao Cao” may look the most like a flower vase of all three bongs but trust me it is not! This bongs is named after a Chinese Warlord who was Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

It may look like a simple old bong but this piece packs a punch with the black base color the bigs rips will sneak up on you with this piece. It is priced the lowest of all three bongs but that should not deter you away. This bong would look great in a case or discretely hidden on a shelf with other fine Chinaware.

  • Premium Borosilicate Tubing
  • Fixed Diffused Downstem
  • 14mm Female Joint
  • 14mm Male Bowl
  • 12 Inches Tall
Color Options:
  • Black with Blue Accents
  • Black with Gold Accents

What Makes China Glass Bongs Some of the Best?

Each of these bongs are special in their own way, but China Glass has a few consistent features to their bongs that give them that competitive advantage over their competitors:

  • Design
  • Strong Glass
  • Included Slide and Bowl
  • Height
  • Color Options
  • Great Value

Let’s take a deeper dive into what makes China Glass one of the best bong brands on the market in 2019.

1. Design

China Glass puts an extreme emphasis on attention to detail. Each design is carefully crafted honoring the great history and traditions of the Chinese culture.

The designs engraved on these pieces are not the only thing that makes them stand out. Each China Glass piece is a unique shape, creating a extravagant path for the smoke to travel through while simultaneously cooling it down for a smoother hit.

Most of them almost look more like vases than bongs, giving them a very unique feel while smoking. We can promise you that almost no one you run into will have the same piece as you.

2. Strong Glass – Borosilicate Tubing

The tubing in China Glass bongs may look like porcelain which can break fairly easy, but it is actually Borosilicate glass.

Borosilicate glass is a type of glass that is used in laboratories because of its durability. It contains Boron Trioxide which has a much greater resistance to heat expansion meaning, it will not crack under extreme temperatures. So technically, these bongs are made with what is called scientific glass by some Stoners.

This is the main reason that China Glass is the best manufacturer of overseas bongs. Because Borosilicate is more durable it is more expensive which is why some of the prices for China Glass pieces can be fairly high.

Chances are, unless you are really clumsy, or knocking these things around frequently, China Glass bongs will last you a very long time. They have thick, sturdy bases, and the tubing they are crafted with is built to last.

3. Glass Bowl and Slide Included

China Glass water pipes all come with a glass bowl and a diffused downstem. China Glass is one of the few glass blowing companies that goes the extra mile and continues their designs into their bowls, giving the entire water pipe a unique and fluid feel to it. This act in itself shows the pride and attention to detail in their work. The bowl that comes with most China Glass bongs is a 14mm male glass bowl, which is a standard size for a bowl.

The best part? This included glass bowl attachment is crafted with the same high quality as the rest of the bong. They are extremely deep, and wide, easily allowing you to pack massive bowls. The attachment fits in smoothly and is easily removed without sticking or rubbing.

We have all had that experience where “free bowl included” really means you get a dinky $1 attachment that barely fits correctly and holds just a pinch of herb in it. This is not the case with China Glass. Their glass bowl attachments are some of the best in the industry. Their downstems are also high quality, and offer a very smooth smoking experience consistently.

Overall there are 3 main sizes of bowl packs that come with bongs:

  • 10mm
  • 14mm
  • 18mm

10mm is great for snaps or for a personal pack, 14mm is good for small groups or for personal packs and 18mm is made for groups or for someone who simply does not feel like repacking their bowl multiple times a day.

4. Perfect Height

China Glass is known for their extravagant designs, not for how big their bongs are. The height of the bong varies on which piece you purchase but typically, China Glass bongs are 12 to 18 inches tall.

For most Stoners, this is the perfect size for a bong. It’s not too tall, so that it can easily get in the way or be knocked over, but just tall enough to get large hits on each rip.

If you are looking for a smaller, easily concealable bong that is great to travel with, China Glass is probably not the best option for you. However, we outlined some of the best water pipes to travel with in this comprehensive guide!

Or, if you are looking for a tall bong that can put you on your ass, we also have a crazy, 2 foot tall bong from UPC, which also features scientific glass, and tons of percolation! Check out amazing deals on the UPC 5mm Thick 2″ Bong here.

5. Color Options

China Glass offers multiple color options for each of their pieces. The base color for their top 3 bongs can be white or black. The white base is complemented with a cool blue color design. This color base can be a bit harder to keep clean because resin is naturally black so it is more obvious when a bong is dirty.

The black base can be complemented with a cool blue or gold accent design as seen in the pictures above. The black base is much easier to keep clean and pristine because its natural color will hide the resin in the bowl.

In some of their bongs, China Glass also offers a stunning ice blue color option. This is contrasted with reds and black, making the glass pop wonderfully.

6. Great Value Bongs

Overall, China Glass bongs have some amazing value in terms of what you get for what you pay for. They are a bit more expensive than your standard bong of the same size and features, however there are very few bong brands that can stand up to their quality in terms of design and glass quality.

If you are looking for a very unique bong that is:

  • Handcrafted
  • Collectible
  • Uniquely designed
  • Comes with high quality downstem and glass bowl
  • Smooth to smoke

China Glass has the right options for you.

Pros & Cons of China Glass Bongs

At the end of the day, we write these reviews for you. So, we want to be completely transparent and honest when reviewing bong brands in order to help you make the best decision when looking for a new water pipe. So, the table below explains some of the pros and cons of China Glass.

Pros Cons
Aesthetically Pleasing Continuous Upkeep
High Quality Borosilicate Glass Difficult to Clean
Slide and Bowl Included Not an Everyday Piece
Color Options Not See Through

Who is China Glass Best For?

China Glass is not right for everyone. Primarily, their bongs are best for:

  • Bong collectors
  • Stoner’s who routinely clean their pieces
  • Experienced Smokers
  • Stoner’s looking for something different
  • People who want high quality imported glass

China Glass water pipes are best for Stoners who collect extravagant bongs or who have several pieces to smoke out of.

Although these bongs are more than capable of getting toked everyday, that is not what they are meant for. They are meant to be appreciated and only brought out on special occasions.

These are the type of pieces that need to be cleaned right after each use to keep them in tip top shape. It would be a shame for these masterpieces to get dirty and no longer be able to be displayed.

Overall Grade: B

These bongs are extremely high quality, but come at a higher cost. They are not meant to be smoked out of consistently and have to be cleaned regularly to maintain their status.

If you are a bong collector and have several pieces, then these 3 bongs are a great addition to any collection.

Each of these pieces will last a lifetime if taken care of correctly. And who knows, maybe you could create a dynasty of your own, passing one of these bongs down the family tree!

Where Can You Find Great Deals on China Glass Water Pipes?

We offer amazing deals on all China Glass Bongs listed in this review in our online head shop. We offer multiple colors, quick and easy add to cart, and deals on tons of other amazing smoking gear.

To browse our selection of China Glass water pipes, follow this link. At HelpingPot, our mission is to help our audience find the BEST price on the best piece for their needs.

You can also find out more about great deals we offer on our Instagram page, where we share Dank memes, amazing smoking videos, special offers, and more.

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