Baoshan Village Lures Visitors with Tea Tasting Experiences

【◎Written by Chen Ting-fang ◎English translation by Hou Ya-ting ◎Photos by Huang Jing-wen】

 Baoshan Village, in a mountainous part of Kaohsiung City's Taoyuan District, is located 1,300 to 1,500 meters above sea level. The village's average temperature is between 18°C to 24°C. During the summer, when the lowlands are sizzling, Baoshan remains cool and comfortable, making it an attractive travel destination.

 Baoshan is well known for its cherry blossom season, during which blossoms add bursts of magenta and pink to the mountainside. Baoshan's abundance of beautiful scenery has also made it a popular spot for camping. In recent years, new hiking paths and tea-tasting sessions have given tourists additional reasons to visit.

 Fog is common year-round, and this type of environment ensures that the soil is just moist enough for indigenous tea trees to grow. Mr. Ke Shu-shan, managing director of Baoshan Community Development Association, states that indigenous tea trees, some of which grow up to 10 meters high and are over a century old, are very rare and priceless.

 Baoshan is characterized by tea plantations. Over the past decade, the area's indigenous tea has become a promising agricultural product due to its high quality.

 Farmers have transplanted indigenous tea trees to plantations, then pruned the trees to facilitate management and harvesting. Baoshan's indigenous tea trees are cultivated in accordance with organic agriculture principles. The tea leaves produce an exceptionally rich and smooth beverage which exudes flavorful aromas.

 Tea lovers bound for Baoshan Village should contact Baoshan Community Development Association in advance if they wish to book a tea-tasting experience at a tea plantation. There, they can enjoy a cup of indigenous tea, prepared by a plantation owner.

 While in Baoshan, travelers can explore Erjituan Calla Lily Trail, Erjituan Wulong Tea Trail, Erjituan Bunun Gathering Trail (also known as Cherry Blossom Trail), Erjituan Historic Site Trail, Baoshan Wild Tea Trail, and Malishan Coffee Trail.

 Calla Lily Trail and Wulong Tea Trail are both relatively flat and thus suitable for families. Bunun Gathering Trail boasts towering trees and blankets of green grass. From the Historic Site Trail, visitors can appreciate exceptional scenery. Baoshan Wild Tea Trail will bring you to wild tea trees, while hiking Malishan Coffee Trail involves 30 to 40 minutes of walking. Each trail showcases an aspect of the region's unique scenic appeal, while giving travelers fresh air and a sense of relaxation.

 The best time for viewing blossoms has passed, yet Cherry Blossom Park (elevation: 1,500 meters) still offers superb views of cloud-encased mountains. Thanks to a combination of Baoshan's majestic highlands and the village's friendly residents, outsiders who come here often hope to pay a return visit.

For details of tea tasting experiences, contact:

Mr. Ke Shu-shan (managing director, Baoshan Community Development Association) 0912-133-049


左営蓮潭「郭家百年古厝」 歴史を物語るレンガと瓦


Nine More LRT Stations Begin Operations

 In March, as the second phase of the LRT circular line was completed, nine stations were officially opened. The new stations include C32 to the east of C1 and C14 to the west of C17. The LRT line now begins at Kaisyuan Station on its most easterly end and passes by Municipal Minsheng Hospital, Muni

Siaoyao Villa

 Founded in 1940, Siaoyao Villa is located at No. 15, Lane 55, Liuhe 1st Road in Sinsing District. It is one of Kaohsiung's few restored sites that was left over from the Japanese colonial period and has taken Kaohsiung City Government three years to restore. It was opened to the public in November 2020.

Dachang Quilt Manufactory: Handmade Quilts Master

 Chen Jyun-ming is the fourth-generation owner of Dachang Quilt Manufactory. His family has been making handmade quilts for 110 years. Dachang moved to Zuoying, Kaohsiung in 1964. 68-year-old Chen Jyun-ming has now been making handmade quilts for more than half a century. Although handmade quilts are a “sunset industry,” he still promotes them with enthusiasm and welcomes anyone that would like to take a tour of his factory.

Guo's Centennial House Near Lotus Pond

 Hidden in the alleyways near Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung's Zuoying District, tourists may stumble across Guo's Centennial House, a guesthouse built in 1909. This 112-year-old landmark is listed as one of 17 homestays in the city which displays “historical and cultural significance.”

Wanfu Temple's Wang Ye Boat Festival Extravaganza

 Wang Ye boat festivals, which originated in southeastern China, are the most significant religious tradition along Taiwan's coast. Brought over by Chinese immigrants, Wang Ye (sometimes called “royal lords”) rituals are today practiced in Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam, as well as in Taiwan.



0 則留言
  • 張貼文章或下標籤,不得有違法或侵害他人權益之言論,違者應自負法律責任。
  • 對於明知不實或過度情緒謾罵之言論,經網友檢舉或本網站發現,聯合新聞網有權逕予刪除文章、停權或解除會員資格。不同意上述規範者,請勿張貼文章。
  • 對於無意義、與本文無關、明知不實、謾罵之標籤,聯合新聞網有權逕予刪除標籤、停權或解除會員資格。不同意上述規範者,請勿下標籤。
  • 凡「暱稱」涉及謾罵、髒話穢言、侵害他人權利,聯合新聞網有權逕予刪除發言文章、停權或解除會員資格。不同意上述規範者,請勿張貼文章。