Thursday, March 3, 2011

2010 TOST - Bagua Tea Garden (10/21/2010)


Checked out the hotel...we are heading to visit the one and only Bagua Tea Garden in Shanlinsi tea district. Our TOST 2008 had visited several tea gardens in Shanlinsi, but not this legendary one... Hard to believe the tea plantation could be so beautiful...and we were told this was simply an accident. Never been planned to grow tea as it looks now per Mr. Lin who's running a tea store right above the Bagua Tea Garden. Every member receives a poster of this tea garden as the gift from TTMA. A few of us are very curious about having another look of Bagua Tea Garden from another angle...that means we will explore to the tea estate right across? We leave that to TTMA's further research... After Bagua, we are heading to Alishan tea district and Steve Huang is waiting for us there to guide us to visit another two tea estates.


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2010 TOST - On the road to Alishan...



Left the Bagua Tea Garden, we are moving from Shan-Lin-Si tea district to another tea district - Alishan here we come !
Our family and friends keep calling us from Taipei to check our status....as the Typhoon brought heavy rain to the northern Taiwan...and they worry about our group...
From the photos, you can see that we got some adventure on the road.... There are road workers are still fixing the landslides from the previous stom... At some curve, we were told to stop for the clean-up of falling rocks....
While we arrive Alishan, and done visiting the two tea farmers... we know, all these adventures are well paid off.

2010 TOST - Wang Ting Tea Garden (10/21/2010)



So many beautiful pictures that we just don't feel well not to keep them all...
The visit to this tea estate is really in a perfect timing...right after the rain...Our members can't wait to jump in the tea bushes... Mr. and Mrs. Wang, the young couple are very nice to lead all of us to tour their facility...so many improvements they have equiped... I told myself, this will be the place I will like to have my hands on tea experience... (maybe for the 2011 TOST)...
Ms. Wang herself is a good collector all right. Josephine just kept taking photos on her collection in the tasting room.
Look at these photos to see how excited our members are...they are in one of the most beautiful tea gardens in Alishan... We just wish that we can stay longer there to enjoy the fresh air and happy tea bushes.

2010 TOST - Ding-Feng Taiwan Tea



This is the second stop of our visit in Meishan (part of Alishan tea district), the owner Mr. Liu and Mrs. Liu are extremely excited to meet our group members at their modern tea plant. We are really shocked to see their equipments and imagine how busy they were during the season.
It is getting dark, and we ran out of time for visiting their tea garden ...maybe next time...