Strolling in the mountains, you will experience Taiwanese tea culture on hundred-year-old trails.
Experience tea picking and tea making in the plantations. Smell the aroma, sip a cup of soothing tea, listen to birds chirping in the woods, and take in the traditional culture slowly, quietly.
Tea tours in Taiwan cover the island’s tea farms from the north to the south, including Pouchong tea, Emei Oriental Beauty tea, Yuchi Assam black tea, Alishan high mountain tea and Ruisui honey black tea. Enjoy the diverse and beautiful tea fields.
Wenshan Pouchong tea
Pouchong tea usually refers to semi-fermented tea. After the process of tea-making is finished, 150 grams of tea leaves are wrapped with two pieces of rectangular Chinese writing paper into a square pack containing a seal of the name of the tea and its maker. Thus, it gained the name “pouchong” which means “wrapped kind” in Chinese.
Wenshan District in Taipei City grows some of the best pouchong teas, since it has fertile soil and the surrounding mountains contribute to the cool and moist climate all year round.
Oriental Beauty Tea
It is said that in the old days, the Queen of England was amazed by this type of tea’s unique flavor and named it “oriental beauty”. In Taiwan, it is called champagne oolong tea, pekoe tea, oolong tea or pong hong tea.
The harvest season is limited to the summer. Bitten by the tea green leafhopper (Jacobiasca Formosana), the leaves do not grow after the summer. The leaves can be fermented and baked into rich, yet sweet tea with a honey or ripe fruit aroma. The unique cultivation process is essential to its quality.
Yuchi Assam Black Tea
During the Japanese occupation period, superior tea seeds were imported from India to Yuchi (fish pond) Township in Nantou County by the Japanese government. Since then, Yuchi has been an ideal area to cultivate black tea. During the Japanese colonial era, tea produced in Yuchi, was served to the Japanese Emperor.
Tea trees of the first generation are over 80 years of age, and the black tea is beautiful, colorful, and fragrant with the sweet aroma of flowers. The mellow taste lingers and makes the black tea a treasure.
Ruisui Honey-flavored Black Tea
The East Rift Valley, the so-called last untouched land in Taiwan, has promoted pesticide-free organic farming in recent years, and produces excellent-quality honey-flavored black tea after leaves are sucked by tea green leafhoppers (Jacobiasca Formosana).
Premium honey tea has a strong aroma of fruit, honey, and flowers. One sip distributes the subtle aroma in the mouth. In 2006, Ruisui Township in Hualien County won the gold medal in a world tea competition among more than 700 varieties of tea from 15 countries.
Alishan High Mountain Tea
The Alishan area is well-known both for its scenery and tea making, and the high mountain tea grown there represents Taiwan.
High altitude brings a cold climate and large temperature differences between the day and night. This climate slows the growth of tea trees that and irrigation from mountain springs produce tea leaves that are thick and tender, and stems that are soft. Alishan oolong tea and jinxuan tea are fragrant, rich, and lingering in terms of smell and taste. Their superior quality helps them win championships regularly in national tea competitions, earning them the international reputation of being “the best teas in Taiwan.”
1-Day Pouchong Tea Tour in Wenshan District, Taipei City
Taipei City → Wenshan Tea Farm → Tea picking, tea making, and enjoying tea culture → Tea meal → Wulai Waterfall → Gaga indigenous performance → Wulai old streets → Home
1-Day Oriental Beauty Tea Tour in Emei Township, Hsinchu County
Emei Township in Hsinchu County → Fuxing Tea Production and Marketing Class, Xu Yaoliang Tea Plantation → Tea picking, sunning, processing, baking; DIY tea snacks → Hakka delicacies lunch → Peipu old streets, Hakka ground tea and rice cake tasting shopping → Home
1. The period between June and August is the oriental beauty tea harvest season. A tea-making contest is also held during this period.
2. Tea making experience is limited by season, and prior appointment is necessary.
Two-day Black Tea Tour at Sun Moon Lake
Lunch at Puli (flower banquet or local dishes) → Shuishe Visitor Center at Sun Moon Lake → Bike tour around Sun Moon Lake → One-town-one product (OTOP) store and Yuchi Township Farmers Association (Sun Moon Lake black tea and agricultural products tasting tour) → Sun Moon Lake special delicacy dinner → Overnight at hotel or B & B
Maolan Mountain Trail in black tea plantation → Memorial to Arai Kokichiro: the last director of Yuchi Branch of the Tea Experiment Station → Visit Tea Improvement Station and Tea Culture Exhibition Hall → Experiencing tea making → Sun Moon Lake black tea-flavored cuisine → Sun Moon Lake boat tour and indigenous performance → Home
1. The Tea Culture Exhibition Hall accepts group visits on weekdays, but by appointment only.
2. The tea making experience is limited by season, and prior appointment is necessary.
Two-day Northern Alishan Tea Tour
Meishan → Green Lake in Taiping Township → Ruili → Lunch and tea → DIY of hand-tea-dyed craft, oolong tea cup cakes, and green tea jelly → Tea making experience at tea farm → Afternoon tea and high mountain coffee → Local featured delicacies → Overnight at B & B with tea gathering and star gazing
Morning walk in tea farm → Tea culture → Bamboo meal → Walking tour → Souvenir shopping → Home
Two-day Southern Alishan Tea Tour
Eryanping Mountain Trail → Organic vegetable meal → Miyang River Trail in Leye → Taiwan champion coffee tasting → DIY of freshly hand-made rice cakes dipped in oolong tea flour, wild fig jelly, granny’s cudweed cakes, and tea-leaf eggs → Tea making experience → Alpine dinner → Moonlit tea party and Tsou concert → Overnight at Shizhuo B & B
Morning walk along forest trail → Fenqihu old streets → Tea meal and tea (oolong, jinxuan) → Souvenir shopping → Home
1. The tea party, tea making tour, DIY activities and attractions are by prior appointment only.
2. Warm clothing and rain gear are recommended due to the unstable weather in the mountainous area.
Two-day Black Tea Tour in Wuhe, Hualien
Taroko → Wuhe plateau tea farms → Wuhe megaliths → Fataan indigenous meal or Amis stone pot → Overnight at B&B or hotel
Morning departure → Bunun tribe and Bunun Pasibutbut (eight-note harmony) performance → Tea tasting at Luye plateau and views of Beinan River valley and coastal mountains → Tea meal and healthy hot pot lunch → Bike tour around Longtian Community at Luye → Home
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