The packaging of the tea into various forms and sizes is both complex and interesting. For instance, it can be sold in loose form or compressed shape. In the compressed form, it can be shaped like bricks, square tiles, biscuits, bowl, mushroom or golden melon. It can also be loaded into a section of bamboo and sold as bamboo puerh tea.
|Loose puerh tea|
|Common shapes of puerh tea|
|100 g square puerh|
|250 g bricks, 4 in a bundle|
|Unusual form in bamboo|
|Golden melon shape|
|Little square bricks of 5g|
|This tiny toucha is good for single brew|
|Huge antique golden melon puerh from the Qing dynasty|
|The Horse Gang on Tea Horse Trail|
Currently, the puerh tea is processed into 7-a-piece bundles and 12 bundles are contained in a bamboo basket called 1 piece. Each piece of bamboo basket will carry a big ticket detailing the year of manufacture, the label such as 7542 and the total weight.
|7 pieces of puerh cakes in a bundle|
|One Piece (Zhi) contains 12 bundles|
|Big ticket inside the basket|
For local market, five touchas each 100g are wrapped up in a bundle in brown bamboo leaves or paper.
|Puerh bricks also packedin paper boxes in the 80s|
|Four happiness puerh tea|
|Huge melon puerh tea|
|Featuring the Olympic Games in Beijing|
|Unusual size of 500g in this raw puerh|
|This raw puerh cake weighs 3 kg|