The origin of this type of cymbal can be traced back to the gong both in sound and shape, hence its name China cymbal. China cymbals are designed to create a dark, crisp, trashy, and explosive tone.
China cymbals characteristically have a bell that is cylindrical or conical in shape, an outer rim that is flipped in the opposite direction, little or no change in thickness from bell to rim, and an unpolished area that includes the inside of a bell. Although most china cymbals have these characteristics, others do not. When used in a drum kit, china cymbals are usually mounted bell down.