Tobacco was first introduced into China by the Portuguese through the Americas during the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty. A variety of smoking methods have also prospered from the smoking industry. In the production of a wide range of smoking utensils, hookahs are exquisite in materials, excellent in craftsmanship and exquisite in shape, showing the superb skills of Chinese craftsmen.
The waterpipe hookah prevailed mainly in the Qing Dynasty and the early period of the Republic of China. Judging from the currently arranged hookahs, the most common are hookahs marked with 'Guangdong Shibapu Chen Lianji', such as a six-striped flower-and-bird hookah with white copper engraved on it, and its round storage lid is painted with bamboo. Ye was engraved with the words 'Lian Chen of Guangdong'. Chen Lianji of Guangdong was a famous hookah shop in the early years of the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China. The hookah made by it was exquisite and durable, and it was a well-known brand at that time.
In addition, other noteworthy hookah marks created by Guangdong artisans include 'Yang Yuji' and 'Yang Liji'. For example, the copper-hook hookah with carved flowers and birds pattern is round, the cover of the storage bin is circular, and the cover is engraved with characters. Two horizontal rows are 'Guangzhou Xinsheng Street', and one vertical row is written 'Yang Liji'. The most wonderful thing is the imprint of a bronze bronze hookah with a poetic and carved pattern. The engraved words in the tobacco storage cover are two horizontal rows of 'Guangzhou's first house' and three vertical rows of 'changing color and life.' Not only showed the confidence of the producer and the loudness of the name, but also reflected the bustling scene of the hookah manufacturing industry at that time. Seeing this hookah, I can feel the scene where the workshop was full of enthusiasm, and the merchants from the shop buddies screamed and shouted.