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台灣地圖Mountains can be seen everywhere in Taiwan.

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, Ali Mountain (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.

  • ea-producing Process

    Tea-producing Process

  • Tea-leaf-picking Peasant

    Tea-leaf-picking Peasant

Suggested Itinerary

One-day Tour of Taipei Wenshan Pouchong Tea:

Departure from Wulai, Xindian → Wenshan Farm → Ecological guided tour – picking and making tea, tea workshop → tea meal → Wulai Waterfall → Indigenous Performance Gaga International Theatre → Wulai Old Street → Home-coming 

New Taipei City Wulai District Office at: www.wulai.gov.tw

 

 

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.

  • 製茶過程

    Tea-producing Process

  • 東方美人茶

    Oriental Beauty Tea

Suggested Itinerary

One-day Tour of Hsinchu Emei Oriental Beauty Tea:

Departure from Ermei, Hsinchu → A visit to Fuxing Tea Production & Marketing Studio & Xu Yao-liang Tea Farm → “Oriental Beauty” tea 101: Picking, drying, and baking tea / Tea snacks DIY session → Special Hakka lunch → Beipu Old Street / Hakka pounded tea experience / Tasting of Hakka sticky rice balls / Souvenir shopping → Home-coming

  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.
  3. Tri-Mountain National Scenic Area Administration, Website: www.trimt-nsa.gov.tw/eng/main.aspx, Tel: +886-4-2331-2678
 

 

Alishan 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.”

  • Tea Plantations of Alishan Shizhuo

    Tea Plantations of Alishan Shizhuo

  • Alishan Mountain Tea

    Alishan Mountain Tea

Suggested Itinerary

Tea Fun in Alishan (North Line, 2-day tour):

Day 1

Eryanping Hiking Trail → Organic vegetable meal → Leye Hiking Trail → Coffee time – the “champion coffee” of Taiwan → Snack time: Handmade sticky rice balls with freshly grinded oolong tea powder/ Wild Aiyu jelly / Grandma’s grass cake / Tea-brewed eggs → Tea-manufacturing experience at local factory → High-mountain special dinner → Moonlight party & indigenous Tsou singing → Overnight stay in Dingshizuo B&B

Day 2

Morning Forest Walk → Feqi Lake and town tour; snack time on old streets → Tea meal and tea-tasting (high-mountain oolong, Jinxuan tea, etc.) → Souvenir shopping → Home-coming

 

Tea Fun in Alishan (South Line, 2-day tour):

Day 1
Eryanping Hiking Trail → Organic vegetable meal → Leye Hiking Trail → Coffee time – the “champion coffee” of Taiwan → Snack time: Handmade sticky rice balls with freshly grinded oolong tea powder/ Wild Aiyu jelly / Grandma’s grass cake / Tea-brewed eggs → Tea-manufacturing experience at local factory → High-mountain special dinner → Moonlight party & indigenous Tsou singing → Overnight stay in Dingshizuo B&B

Day 2
Morning forest walk → Feqi Lake and town tour; snack time on old streets → Tea meal and tea-tasting (high-mountain oolong, Jinxuan tea, etc.) → Souvenir shopping → Home-coming

  1. The tea party, tea making tour, DIY activities and attractions are by prior appointment only.
  2. The tea party, tea making tour, DIY activities and attractions are by prior appointment only.
  3. Ali Mountain (Alishan) National Scenic Area Administration, Website: www.ali-nsa.net, Tel: +886-5-259-3900
 

 

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.

  • 舞鶴茶園

    Wuhe Tea Plantations

  • 蜜香紅茶

    Honey-flavored Black Tea

Suggested Itinerary

Two-day Tour of East Rift Valley Wuhe Black Tea:

Day 1

Departure from Taroko → Tea farms in Wuhe Gaotai → Saoba Stone Pillar → Mataian indigenous dinner or Amis stone hot pot → Overnight stay at local hotel or B&B

Day 2

Departure in the morning → Visiting a Bunun tribe / Pasibutbut show → Tea experience in Luye Gaotai; birds-eye-view of Beinan River Valley and the Coastal Range → Tea meal / wellness hot pot → Cycling in Luye and Longtian → Home-coming

East Rift Valley National Scenic Area Administration, Website: www.erv-nsa.gov.tw, Tel: +886-3-887-5306

 

 

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.

  • Yuchi Tea Plantations, Sun Moon Lake

    Yuchi Tea Plantations, Sun Moon Lake

  • Tea-producing Process

    Tea-producing Process

Suggested Itinerary

Two-day Tour of Sun Moon Lake Black Tea:

Day 1

Departure at noon from Puli → Flower meal → Cycling by the Sun Moon Lake → Souvenir shopping at local specialties shops (“one town, one product”) and Yuchi Township Agricultural Association (tasting of Sun Moon Lake’s black tea and agricultural produce) → Dinner of the Sun Moon Lake style → Indigenous performance → Overnight stay at local hotel or B&B

Day 2

Maolanshan Black Tea Farm Hiking Trail → Arai Kokichiro Memorial Pavilion (Arai was the last director of the Yuchi Black Tea Research Station in the Japanese Period) → A look at the beautiful Sun Moon Lake from Alishan’s tea extension and research station and a visit to the tea industry museum → Tea-making experience → Sun Moon Lake black-tea lunch → Exploring the Sun Moon Lake  Home-coming

  1. The Tea Culture Exhibition Hall accepts group visits on weekdays, but by appointment only.
  2. The Tea Culture Exhibition Hall accepts group visits on weekdays, but by appointment only.
  3. Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration, Website: www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw, Tel: +886-49-285-5668