Pinglin Tea Culture & Elephant Mountain Day Tour from Taipei

Overview

Immerse yourself in Taiwanese tea culture and cultivation on this relaxing one-day tour. Visit a tea farm, take in the stunning scenery of Thousand Island Lake, stroll down the famous Shenkeng Tofu Street, and enjoy a hike up Elephant Mountain.

Highlights

  • A chance to learn about Taiwanese tea culture and taste aromatic tea
  • Discover the marvelous natural landscapes of Thousand Island Lake
  • Catch the best view of Taipei 101 from the top of Elephant Mountain
  • Live commentary in English, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese
  • Perfect for groups or solo travelers — just one guest required for guaranteed departure

Key Information

Important Information

• The tour will be conducted in both English and Japanese; your guide will provide live commentary. Your guide can also speak Mandarin Chinese • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. • As Bagua Tea Plantation and Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail have plenty of narrow passageways, this tour is not recommended for guests using wheelchairs and people with physical disabilities • If this tour will be canceled due to inclement weather or other conditions, we will inform you by the night before your tour date; please check your email or your SMS inbox • The duration and sequence of the tour, as well as the length of time spent in each area, may vary depending on traffic, the weather, and other conditions • Please be at the pick-up point on time; the tour may proceed without you if you are late • Each guest is allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage onboard the vehicle

Description

This tour starts at 08:00, you'll meet your tour guide and driver at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07) Exit 2, and begin with a scenic drive along mountain roads to Pinglin. This rural district is well-known for its Wenshan Pouchong tea. Here, you'll visit a local tea factory, where you'll learn about the cultivation and production process of Taiwanese tea with a tea farmer. They'll also teach you how to properly brew and appreciate Taiwanese tea. Next, you'll head to Shiding District, home to the famous Thousand Island Lake. The interaction of the man-made Feitsui Reservoir and multiple small hills created this stunning landmark: a lake full of islands. This environment is perfect for tea growing. The famous Bagua Tea Garden and many other plantations can be found here. From the hilltops, the neat rows of tea bushes are said to look like the Eight Trigrams, or Bagua, of Taoist cosmology. After soaking in the scenery, you'll head to Shenkeng District's famous tofu street, Shenkeng Old Street. It's well known for "stinky tofu," which is exactly what you might expect! Try some if you're feeling adventurous, or opt for tofu ice cream for a less challenging treat. Finally, you'll return to Taipei City for a hike along the Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail. Located close to Taipei 101, it's so-named because of its shape: from a distance, the mountain can look like an elephant's head. It's popular with photographers for good reason, too — you can expect excellent views of the city from the mountain's summit. After the tour, you can choose to disembark at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

How it works

Please meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14/O07), Exit 2. After the 4-hour tour, you can choose to disembark at either MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station or Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101).

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