• Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Combine a full day of sightseeing with Taiwanese tea tasting in Taipei. Take a ride on the Maokong Gondola, get the opportunity to meet highly skilled local tea experts who will teach you how to steep the perfect pot of tea and stop at a lookout point above Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake). You’ll visit the picturesque Bagua Tea Plantation. Numbers are limited to 7 people for more personalized attention from your guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • Full-day Taiwanese tea tour from Taipei
  • Enjoy a scenic ride on the Maokong Gondola
  • Take in the views of Thousand Island Lake and lush tea fields at Bagua Tea Plantation
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 7 people ensures a personalized experience
  • Visit a tea farm and have the chance to pick tea leaves (if in season)
  • Participate in a traditional Taiwanese tea ceremony with a tea expert

What You Can Expect

Tea of Taipei: Small-Group Tour with Taipei City Sightseeing

Maokong gondola

Enjoy a full-day tour steeped in Taiwanese history, including tea tasting and sightseeing around Taipei. After hotel pickup by minivan, it's time to head to the mountains for a 25-minute ride on the Maokong Gondola. Stop by the Tea Museum to Gain a deeper understanding of authentic Taiwanese tea. Enjoy sweeping views at Maokong and your guide can recommend specialty Taiwanese dishes cooked with Taiwanese tea.

Next, at Bagua Tea Plantation. You’ll make a photo stop along the way above Thousand Island Lake (Qiandao Lake), nestled in a fertile valley in the upper reaches of the Jade reservoir. On arrival at the largest tea plantation in northern Taiwan and perhaps the country’s most photographed, amid a setting of forested hills.

Re-board your transport vehicle for the drive to your final destination: Shihting Old Street . You’ll participate in a traditional Taiwanese tea ceremony with a tea expert. Enjoy a cup of Taiwanese tea in the cozy atmosphere of an old tea house and learn how to steep the perfect pot of tea.

This Tea Culture Tour is the ideal opportunity to unwind and familiarize yourself with Taiwanese tea. At the end of the tour, you’re returned to your Taipei hotel.

Customer Reviews

Terje G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The Guide was the best ever.

roy.beveridge United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Ting is great
Fun tour
Highly recommended
Learned a lot and enjoyed the day immensely

DUNG L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was a great trip. Mr. Vincent is very nice and attentive to our needs. Lunch food was tasty, the chef has achieved a number of medals. everything was perfect.

jess.tseng130

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Oh yes. Our tour guide Claire was amazing! She was knowledgeable and she had such a great personality to make all 4 of us total girls had a great time together. She taught us so much and was funny and dedicated with all her customers. I have to say all of us loved the tour very much! Thank you!

Irving C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Summer made this tour so much fun. She was very personable and made this tour enjoyable. You learn the whole tea making process from start to finish and you even get to practice a performing a tea ceremony. I definitely would recommend this tour especially to those who enjoy the different varieties of asian tea.

Irving C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a great time learning about the whole tea making process and specialities of Taiwanese Oolong tea. Summer, our tour guide made it fun and enjoyable as she was very professional and personable. I would definitely recommend this tour, especially to those of us who enjoy drinking tea.

ricky g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This trip was totally worth it, and Victoria and our driver went out of their way to make our trip memorable.
We got given lots of information, and got to take part in tea making, see tea fields, meet tea masters, and enjoy lots of tea, as well as have a really great time with our host, and driver. I highly recommend this trip to everyone.

Jeanette G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very friendly and informative tour.

Arturo F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing views on a fantastic trip to the past and present of tea in Taipei. We were incredibly fortunate to be on the tour with our guide Yang, whose knowledge and personality were the perfect complement to the experience. It was a real pleasure to spend the day with him.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Taipei is an excellent city to explore, but if you're there for a week it's a great idea to get out of the city for a day or two to see Taiwan's very attractive countryside. I went on this tour to the tea plantations and also Taroko Gorge. This was an excellent and relaxing day. The cable car up to the plantation has some spectacular views do try to get one of the glass-bottomed cars if you're not afraid of heights, as the jungle below you is very lush and picturesque.

The tea museum was very interesting and its proprietors are very entertaining people with whom to spend an hour. You'll learn about and sample Taiwan's very different types of tea, from white through green to red, as well as tea's history in Taiwan, how it's produced and its importance to the economy. You can also buy some very nice tea as well as teapots and cups here...I wish I'd bought more. The white tea is fantastic.

Lunch in the old town was excellent, with several dishes including the famous local delicacy, deep fried stinky tofu. I ate most of that one. Recommended for the slightly adventurous gourmand.

The views of Thousand Island Lake so named, poetically, for its appearance on a cloudy day, rather than because it has many actual physical islands are magnificent. A truly spectacular and peaceful area.

Finally, we went for a formal tea ceremony back in town. Despite observing closely, when time came for me to reproduce it, I think I did rather poorly. The order in which things have to happen...not crossing the hands during the procedure...plenty to remember!

Gordon was an excellent and attentive host throughout the day.

I'd strongly recommend this tour to lovers of tea e.g. any fellow Brit and beautiful views you'll also come away with a deepened appreciation of Taiwanese culture.

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