Pinglin Tea Culture & Elephant Mountain Day Tour from Taipei

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  • Operation DayMonday, Wednesday and Friday
  • DepartureMorning
  • Duration1 Day
  • Pick-up Time08:00
  • Vehicle Type20-seater mini bus or 9-seater mini van (according to the number of participants)
  • Meeting PointMRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07), Exit 2
  • Drop-off PointMRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07) / Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101)

Highlights

  • Admire the stunning landscapes of Thousand Island Lake and the endless rows of tea plants
  • Taste the locally grown tea and learn about Taiwanese tea culture
  • Discover various stinky tofu dishes in the famous tofu street—Shenkeng Old Street
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of Taipei City from the top of Elephant Mountain
  • Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 1 participant

Overview

Hit pause on the city life for a day and immerse yourself in rural Taipei on this one-day tour to Pinglin, Shiding and Shenkeng District.

Pinglin District is well-known for the cultivation of Wenshan Baozhong tea, where you will learn about Taiwanese tea culture and taste the aromatic Taiwanese tea by visiting a tea shop and a tea factory. Shiding District is endowed with breathtaking natural scenery. The stunning Thousand Island Lake and the endless rows of tea plants create picturesque views before your eyes. Shenkeng District is widely-known for the famous tofu street—Shenkeng Old Street, where a variety of stinky tofu dishes can be found and worth giving them a try.

Additionally, you will take a hike along Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail before the end of your tour. The fantastic aerial view of Taipei will blow your mind when you reach the top.

  • 08:00

    Meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07), Exit 2

  • 09:00-10:00

    Local tea shop and tea factory

    Pinglin District is located in the southeast of New Taipei City. The climate condition in this area makes Pinglin an ideal place for growing Wenshan Baozhong tea. The streets are lined with tea shops and eateries; the local specialties such as the tea eggs cooked with Baozhong tea and the Baozhong tea flavored ice cream are popular among tourists.

    Here you will visit a local tea shop and a tea factory, and learn about the cultivation and making of Taiwanese Tea. Additionally, you are offered to tastes different types of Taiwanese tea, the owner of the tea shop will show you how to properly brew Taiwanese tea and the tips of tea appreciation.

  • 10:30-11:40

    Thousand Island Lake and Bagua Tea Plantation

    Next, you will take a short ride to Shiding District, another rural district nearby, to see the famous Thousand Island Lake. 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.

  • 12:40-14:30

    Shenkeng Old Street (lunch on own arrangement)

    Your tour continues with a visit to Shenkeng District, where the famous tofu street—Shenkeng Old Street is widely-known among Taiwanese people.

    Many eateries are housed in the historical buildings along this 300-meter street, where you can find various stinky tofu dishes, such as steamed stinky tofu, charcoal-grilled stinky tofu, deep-fried stinky tofu and all that. The stinky tofu, as its name implies, gives off a pungent smell. If you are not feeling adventurous, the tofu ice cream is a good option for a pleasant treat.

  • 15:00-16:00

    Elephant Mountain

    Before the end of your tour, you will return to Taipei City for a hike along Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail. The name is given because of the shape; from a distance, the mountain looks like an elephant’s head.

    The trail is located near Xinyi Shopping District and Taipei 101. Aside from the easy accessibility, it is popular for another reason—a fantastic view of the entire building of Taipei 101 can be captured from the top of the mountain, making this trail a hotspot for photography.

  • 16:30

    Drop off at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101)

    At the end of the tour, you may choose to disembark at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or at MRT Zhongxiao XInsheng Station.

  • 16:40

    Drop off at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07)

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Professional licensed tour guide (Mandarin / English / Japanese)
  • Local transfer by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Taiwanese local tea tasting
  • Local general liabilities insurance
  • Food and beverage
  • Gratuities
Important Notice
  1. Tour commentary will be provided in Mandarin, English and Japanese.
  2. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  3. The sequence and time of stay at tour stops may be adjusted according to the traffic/weather condition.
  4. If the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, we will contact you no later than the evening before the excursion day by email or SMS.
  5. Please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes earlier than the pick-up time.
  6. Each guest is allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage.
  7. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, you must cancel your booking at least 24 hours before the listings local pick-up time(GMT+8). Please contact us by email or phone. 

 

Email: edisonts@ms6.hinet.net 

Phone: +886 2 25635313

 

No-shows are defined as passengers who do not show up on time for the tours. In this event, the bookings will be cancelled and non-refundable.

 

Cancellations made 24 hours or more in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: full refund

Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance of the listing’s pick-up time in the local time zone: non-refundable

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