Taiwan is known around the world for producing some of the best tea such as Tieguanyin, Wenshan Baozhong, Oriental Beauty, etc. From tea garden to tea museum, this private tour to Maokong and Pinglin offers a glimpse into Taiwanese tea culture. You will learn about the development of Taiwanese tea from seed to cup. Whether you are a seasoned tea connoisseur or simply love to drink tea, you will enjoy this aromatic tea tour.
Meet your tour guide and driver at the hotel lobby, and then head off to Maokong in Muzha District, Taipei City.
Maokong Gondola is a cable car system built for leisure purposes, which has the longest route that offers amazing aerial views of Southern Taipei. Riding Maokong Gondola allows you to take in the stunning scenery of the mountains and tea plantations from high above, making it a popular activity among foreign tourists when they visit Taipei.
Maokong Tea Fragrance Loop Trail consists of four short and paved trails. The trail offers a number of beautiful landscapes such as natural potholes, waterfalls and forests, which can be observed during the hike. It is the easiest hiking trail in Maokong, suitable for people of all ages.
Taipei Tea Promotion Center for Tieguanyin and Baozhong is leisure park aimed to promote the quality and authentic Tieguanyin and Baozhong teas cultivated in Taiwan. The park features numerous informational displays and tea panning machines. Here you will learn about the development of Taiwanese tea, and also acquire some ecological knowledge. It is a hidden gem for tea lovers.
After few hours of walk, you are probably hungry and craving for some local food. Maokong has been a popular place for a nature getaway in suburban Taipei. Situated in the mountain area, it offers the best spot to catch stunning panoramic views of Taipei Basin. Other than that, Maokong is also known as a hot spot for tea tasting. Most teahouses provide freshly brew teas and meals, where you can have an enjoyable lunch in the tea aroma (at your own expense).
After lunch, your tea tour continues with a visit to Thousand Island Lake in Shiding District, New Taipei City. Thousand Island Lake is located Shiding, another rural district known for tea and amazing landscapes. The catchment area of Feitsui Reservoir surrounded by hills creates the unique scenery—a lake with thousands of islands, which shares the same name with the Thousand Island Lake in China due to the resemblance between the two.
The natural terrain and climate make the surrounding area of Feitsui Reservoir an ideal farmland for tea-growing. Bagua Tea Plantation is located in this area, too. From the top of the hill, the neatly planted rows of tea bushes look just like the symbols of Eight Trigrams, hence the name.
After being immersed in the natural tea aroma, you will continue this tour to see how the tea is processed. Pinglin Tea Museum, a Hokkien-style Siheyuan type of building that characterizes the traditional dwelling of Taiwan. The museum has an abundant collection of traditional harvesting tools and equipment, tea sets, tea samples and many more that you will learn about the history and development of Taiwan’s tea industry.
Since you are in Pinglin, of course you will not miss the opportunity to taste the authentic Taiwanese tea at a local tea shop. The tea shop owner will show you how to properly brew the tea to bring out the flavors of the tea leaves. You will also have an opportunity to taste different tea samples.
After this amazing private tea tour to Southern Taipei, your tour guide will escort you back to your hotel.
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