Taiwan offers Tea Trails and Celebrations as a part of its “Holidays for Healing”
Acknowledging the Indian love for a good cup of tea, Taiwan has included a series of tea-centred celebrations and holidays as part of the ‘Holiday for Healing’. These holidays are part of a larger outlook by Taiwan to promote organic tea and work on international standardisation of quality.
Taiwan’s Tea context
Currently, Taiwan accounts for 20% of the global production of the Oolongs variety, with harvest concentrated between April and December. Currently, there are about 20,000 hectares of tea farms in Taiwan, producing approximately 20,000 tons of tea annually. And in the last two quarters of 2020 Taiwan invites international tourists to stop and take a sip in the journey of Healing.
Taipei Nangang Expo
From November 13-16, the Taipei Nangang Expo will also be held which celebrates the beverage along with arts and culture of Taiwan, giving tourists the opportunity to taste the best in Taiwanese organic tea from across the country. The Expo is part of a larger Taiwan Food and Beverage series which hosted over 2,800 booths and exhibitors with 200,000+ buyers in the previous edition held last year.
Alishan Four Seasons Tea Tour
Along with cherry blossoms and magical sunsets, the Alishan National Scenic area is also home to a wide variety of tea plantations including the famous Alpine Oolong tea, and the Four Seasons Tea Tour is ready to welcome domestic tourists, in the first phase. Highlights include the Autumn Tea Party in September, followed by one in late-winter with a pre-registration system for smooth management.
A typical tea-trail begins with a delicious cup or organic tea and stunning sunrise views, followed by an exploration of the plantations and their work processes. Alishan is famous for its sunrise views, best explored from the Jade Mountains for active trekkers, and the Zushan Sunrise Observation Deck. With gentle climbs, a relaxed pace and tea tasting, the morning passes by amidst an assortment of beautiful sights, smells and knowledge sessions. Lunch in the afternoon is a deep dive into local cuisine followed by gentle walking trails towards the later half of the afternoons. For more information on the events, please visit their site.