Pinglin Tea Culture and Maokong Guided Day Tour

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Friday 19 July to Thursday 15 August
Shenkeng Old Street
From Taipei: Pinglin Tea Culture and Maokong Guided Day Tour

Highlights

  • Explore Taipei's three primary tea-growing regions in just one day
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Southern Taipei from the Maokong Gondola
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of Thousand Island Lake's stunning landscapes
  • Delve into the culture and evolution of Taiwanese tea at the Pinglin Tea Museum
  • Discover the art of Taiwanese tea brewing with a skilled sommelier

Description

Your adventure commences with a scenic ride on the Maokong Gondola, designed for leisurely travel, boasts the lengthiest route, offering awe-inspiring aerial vistas of Southern Taipei. This picturesque ride offers stunning mountain scenery from a lofty vantage point, making it a favored activity among foreign tourists exploring Taipei. The Maokong Tea Fragrance Loop Trail comprises four short, paved paths. Along the trail, you’ll encounter beautiful natural features like potholes, waterfalls, and forests, all visible during the hike. The Maokong Zhangshu Trail is another beloved leisure trail among the locals, you’ll discover the terraced fields, ponds, tea gardens, and more, creating the sensation of stepping into an idyllic picture as you stroll through this scenic landscape. The Taipei Tea Promotion Center for Tieguanyin and Baozhong serves as a leisurely park dedicated to showcase the exceptional quality and authenticity of Taiwan’s Tieguanyin and Baozhong teas. By exploring the center, visitors can gain insights into the evolution of Taiwanese tea and ecological knowledge through the informational exhibits, tea panning machines, and more. After a few hours of walking, you might find yourself hungry and craving some local foods. Beyond its scenic beauty, Maokong is a hotspot for tea tasting. Abound with teahouses, most of them offer freshly brewed teas and meals, allowing you to enjoy a delectable lunch in the delightful aroma of tea at your own expense. Following lunch, your tea tour proceeds with a visit to Thousand Island Lake in Shiding. Shiding, a rural area celebrated for its tea cultivation and stunning landscapes. The catchment area around the Feitsui Reservoir, nestled among hills, creates a distinctive scenery—a lake adorned with numerous islands. Its resemblance to the Thousand Island Lake in China has bestowed upon it the same name. The Bagua Tea Plantation also locates in this area. When viewed from the hilltop, the neatly planted rows of tea bushes resemble the symbols of Eight Trigrams, which inspired the plantation’s name. After indulging in the natural tea aroma, your tea tour continues to uncover the intricacies of tea processing and its evolution. The Pinglin Tea Museum, a Hokkien-style Siheyuan architecture, inviting the visitors to delve into the world of Taiwanese tea. This museum houses a rich collection of traditional harvesting tools, tea sets, samples, and more, offering insights into the history and evolution of Taiwan’s tea industry. While in Pinglin, you can’t miss the chance to savor authentic Taiwanese tea at a local tea shop. The tea sommelier will demonstrate the proper brewing techniques to bring out the flavors of the tea leaves, making your tea more aromatic and enhancing your tea tasting experience. At the end of this fantastic tea tour to Maokong, Shiding, and Pinglin, you may choose to disembark at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or at MRT Zhongxiao XInsheng Station.

Includes

Hotel pickup and drop-off (if private option selected) Guide Air-conditioned vehicle transportation Taiwanese tea tasting Maokong gondola ride Pinglin Tea Museum ticket Local general liabilities insurance

Important Information

  • Tour commentary will be provided in Mandarin, English and Japanese.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The sequence and time of stay at tour stops may be adjusted according to the traffic/weather conditions.

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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