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Tea: Tea plantations & teahouses near Taipei

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baystater Sep 25, 2010 05:55 PM

I will be in Taipei from Nov. 29 and would excited to see that there are tea plantations and tea houses in nearby Maokong. Unfortunately, most are closed on Mondays which is the day that I have free.

Can anyone recommend any that would be open? It doesn't have to be Maokong, but it does need to be easily accessible in that one day time. It would help if they speak English! Thanks in advance.

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  1. buttertart RE: baystater Sep 26, 2010 04:26 PM

    There's a very nice (and recent historically significant) teahouse in Taipei proper if you're pressed for time - Google "Wisteria Tea House".

    1. Condimentality RE: baystater Sep 29, 2010 09:45 PM

      http://en0229392025.tw.tranews.com/

      I'm going to be going here tomorrow night. They are open 24/7/365. I'll report back on how it was after we go, and I'll try to remember to ask about English service.

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        baystater RE: Condimentality Oct 2, 2010 11:51 AM

        Thanks! I look forward to hearing your report.

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          Condimentality RE: baystater Oct 3, 2010 02:51 AM

          Yaoyue was nice. We went primarily for the atmosphere, which was great. It's a pleasant 30 minute walk slightly downhill from the Maokong gondola station to get there, and the grounds themselves are quiet and secluded. There really isn't a view (at night at least), if that's something that you're interested in.

          The food was fine (cold tea smoked goose and chicken with Chinese wine), but nothing mindblowing.

          We didn't really do anything tea-related, but they appeared to have lots of choices. Prices seemed reasonable (NT$90 base "water fee" per person plus the cost of the tea, which ranged from about $200 to $600 if I remember correctly), but I don't have much of a basis for comparison.

          Though I did completely forget to ask them while I was there, I called them just now, and they said that they do offer English-language service.

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            baystater RE: Condimentality Oct 3, 2010 02:54 PM

            Thank you so much! I am looking forward to my day of tea!

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