Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tea Farm in Chung San , Yilan County , Taiwan

Visit to Tea Farm in Yilan County , Taiwan

Tea Farm in Chungsan , Yilan County

Tea Farmer's home cum factory , tea tasting and sales center

Tea Farm in Chungsan , Yilan County

Tea tasting in Tea Farm in Chungsan ,Yilan , Taiwan

Enjoy the tea brewed by the Tea Farmer and owner's son.

He has been brewing and serving tea since 16 years old
- over 20 year's experience.

The right way to brew the oolong tea

This is the 30 year's old Oolong Tea

The tea are normally sold in vacuum packs

And placed in nice containers

This shops now pack the old Oolong in sachets
for convenient tea drinking

The green tea are normally spin dried and processed by the tumblers
The tea tumblers

This tea is over 30 years old - it is now worth NT3000 per Kati

The processed tea are normally stored in tin or porcelain containers.

The tea plant also grows the seed

The tea seed can be processed to make a tea oil

This Tea Farm has won many prizes - prize wining plague

This is for wining the Country's ( Taiwan ) award

The replica of the ship that brought the Farmer
to Yilan Province - about 6 centuries ago .

Comments :-

Tea farming is also very popular in the Yilan Province .

The tea breeds originated from cuttings brought over from China - mainly from the Fukien Province . There about 6 to 7 varieties of green tea cultivated in the Yilan Province .

The best tea is still reputed from those grown in Mountain and the hill slopes .

This Tea farm has been cultivating tea for about 6 centuries . The speciality of the farm is the Spring green tea ( young harvest ) - which is light green in texture , fragrant but slightly grippy in taste.

However the best tea is the matured tea - about 30 to 40 years old. The old tea has a dark color , heavier bodied , smooth and soothing ( kam ) taste .

The interesting discovery is that the tea plant grows seeds and this can be processed to make tea oil.

Yes , there are many tea farms all over Taiwan and visiting and enjoying tea tasting is one of the pleasures of the Taiwan people.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yilan's Icon - Mary Leu Studio , Sansin , Yilan County , Taiwan

Visit to Mary Leu's Studio in Sansing Township , Yilan County , Taiwan

Sansin ( 3 Stars ) Township , in Yilan County - Famous for the Spring Onion plants

Yilan's Icon Mary Leu's Fine Art Craving studio in Sansing , Yilan County

Humble signage and entrance to Mary Leu's studio cum tea house.

Mary Leu's history of her Fine Art and Craving .

Entrance to Mary Leu's Fine Art Carving Museum

English write up of Mary Leu's Fine Art and Carving -
extract from book published about her exquisite work and art.

Mary Leu 's work of art are focussed woodcarving , gold and glass creations.

Wood carving of a Lotus flower - extract from Brochure
as photos are not allowed in the Museum display .

A bunch or Lychees - all carved from one piece of wood

A bunch of Longans - note the fly

A rat enjoying peanuts

Annex to the Museum is the tea house and Crafts Sale Counter

The Tea House serves and sells an exquisite range of Puer Tea - from China.

70 year old tea from Yunnan , China

Welcome pickles - made in Yilan County

The visit to the Museum costs NT100 and the visitor is provided with
a welcome cup of house special brewed and aged Oolong tea.

Brochure of Mary Leu's Studio and Museum
There is now a display and sale shop in Jiaosi -
hot spring township in Yilan County

Mary Leu's beautiful business card

Mary Leu's contact and address -
check out hptt:1m1.com.tw - e mail:meili.1v@msa.hinet.net

Comments ;-

We were on a visit to Sansin Township , Yilan County to view the famous Spring Onion and also the pear farm ( local named it as the General's pear ) .

Our friend introduced us to view a Famous wood craver and artist - Mary Leu .

We were so glad we visited the Museum and studio .

Mary Leu's museum and studio are a very simple and humble place and it not noticeable unless pointed out by the Locals.

The exhibits are exquisite and the wood carvings , gold and glass creations are out of this world. It is a pity that the visitors are not allowed to take photos of the works displayed .

The wood carving is very very impressive as all the intricate carvings are carved from a single piece of wood - yes a single piece of wood - no joints etc !

Yes , it was worth a visit and also a place to hunt for exquisite work of arts - all done by a master craftsperson and a genius .

A truly Icon of Yilan County , Taiwan .

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rice Fields in Ludong, Yilan County , Taiwan

Rice Fields of Yilan County , Taiwan

Yilan County is located at the northeast corner of Taiwan, surrounded on 3 sides by lofty mountains. The east side borders the Pacific Ocean, with Turtle Island at the opening to the ocean guarding over the Lanyang Plain. The entire Lanyang Plain is an alluvial delta irrigated by the Lanyang River and other secondary rivers, with Neodou, Sanxing Township at the bottom of this fan-shaped plain.

The beautiful rice fields were established in Yilan for over 200 years by Pioneers with hard work and has not changed much since .

Most of the Rice Fields are owned by Independent Owners
but they often use Contract Farmers to plant their crops .

The Farmer and family members often do the weeding
and general housekeeping of the crops

The rice planting are often staggered to allow different harvesting times .

This lot is not producing any grain yet .

This lot is heavy with grains

The rice stalks are heavy with grains and almost ready for harvesting

The rice grown in Yilan is considered the
second best in the country, after Taitung.

The rice grown in the Wujie Township , know as
the Koshihikari is rated as the best in Province of Yilan .

Most of the rice fields attract a variety of birds
- wild Fouls and White Storks are a common sight .

Comments :-
Yilan Province , a green, fertile plain surrounded on all sides by high mountains and the Pacific Ocean, has long been legendary for its stunning ocean views, hot spring resorts and vibrant cultural legacy.
Traditionally an isolated area accessible only by rail and winding mountain roads, Yilan County is home to a self-reliant, pioneering spirit brought by settlers who came here to farm the fertile plain in the late 18th century.

Today, Yilan is connected to the rest of northern Taiwan by Asia’s second-longest tunnel, making it a mere hour drive from Taipei on a smooth and straight freeway. Modern Yilan has become a surfer’s paradise and a popular weekend getaway. But in addition to its natural beauty, Yilan is also home to centuries of tradition and history waiting to be explored.

The fertile plains of Yilan could sustain two crops per annum but with Taiwan joining the WTO , the Government has introduced subsidy to entice the Farmers to reduce the cultivation to one crop annually.