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Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

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Taipei City, Taiwan
Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Taipei is renowned for its futuristic skyscrapers and modern shopping malls, but few visitors get to discover the natural wonders just outside the city. This tour visits the beautiful Thousand Island Lake and includes a tour of the Pinglin Tea Museum and the Bagua Tea Garden. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Thousand Island Lake and Taiwanese tea tour from Taipei
  • Escape the city for the tranquil Thousand Island Lake
  • Discover Taiwan’s tea-making heritage on a tour of the Pinglin Tea Museum and Bagua Tea Garden
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Professional licensed tour guide (Mandarin / English / Japanese)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local tea tasting
Local General Liabilities Insurance
Gratuities
Food and drink
Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station , Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Please meet your tour guide at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station (BL14 /O07), Exit 2.

1:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Taipei hotel by air-conditioned coach. Soak up the scenery as you drive through New Taipei City, then head into the countryside, winding along mountain roads into the Shiding district.

Jump out to admire views of Thousand Lake (Qiandao Lake) and the Feitsui Reservoir, and spend time enjoying the serene landscape, with its lush green hills, vast tea plantations, and glittering lake dotted with tiny islands. Tour the Bagua Tea Garden and see the neatly planted rows of tea from the top of the hill.

Continue to the Pinglin district, famous for its Wanshan Pouchong tea, and enjoy a tour of the Pinglin Tea Plantation. As you explore the plantation and visit the Pinglin Tea Museum, learn all about the fascinating tea production process, from growing and harvesting the tea leaves, to brewing the perfect cup of Taiwanese tea.

At the end of your tour, return to Taipei, where your day ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: The Pinglin Tea Museum is closed on the first Monday of every month and will be replaced with a visit to Pinglin Old Street.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shihding Ciandao Lake
Your tour starts with a visit to Thousand Island Lake, which is located in the south of Shiding District, New Taipei City. The catchment area of Feitsui Reservoir surrounded by hills creates the unique scenery—a lake with thousands of islands, which shares the same name with the “Qiandao Lake” (literally thousand island lake) in China due to the resemblance between the two.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bagua Tea Garden
The natural terrain and climate make the surrounding area of Feitsui Reservoir an ideal farmland for tea-growing, including Wenshan Baozhong tea and Dong Fang Mei Ren tea. Bagua Tea Plantation is located in this area, too. From the top of the hill, the neatly planted rows of tea look just like the symbols of Eight Trigrams, hence the name. You will make a stop here and enjoy the stunning views of the endless rows of tea plants amidst the rolling hills around you.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City
Your tour continues with a visit to Pinglin Tea Museum, a Hokkien-style Siheyuan (quadrangle courtyard house) type of building that characterizes the traditional dwelling of Taiwan. The museum has an abundant collection of traditional harvesting tools and equipment, tea sets, tea samples and many more that you will learn about the history and development of Taiwan’s tea industry. Additionally, the AR contents offer immersive experiences that you can interact with the exhibits, and have a better understanding of the world of Taiwanese tea.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pinglin Old Street
Since you are in Pinglin, of course you will not miss out on the opportunity to taste the authentic Taiwanese tea at a local tea shop. The tea shop owner will give an introduction to Taiwanese tea, and show you how to properly brew the tea to bring out the flavors of the tea leaves. You will also have an opportunity to taste different tea samples.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • A small amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Times and sequences are subject to change according to the weather and traffic condition.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 5 minutes earlier than the pick-up time.
  • Each guest is allowed to bring one piece of carry-on baggage.
  • Not recommended for travelers with physical disabilities.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edison Travel Service
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Tasted multiple teas, also make sure you have cash when buying smaller shops don't use cards." See review

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star-5
Great Experience
Jeanne_P
, Feb 2020
We had a great time - lovely scenery and a chance to see the countryside outside of Taipei. The van was spacious and comfortable, and our guide was knowledgeable. When I asked him whether religion or tea was more important - he paused, which said it all! Tea is incredibly important to the people of Taiwan!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. We look forward to see you again in the near future. :)
star-5
Relaxing with Views
Damarcus_J
, Jan 2020
The guide was wonderful, and she translated in multiple languages. Showed us various views of the beautiful countryside and along the river. Tasted multiple teas, also make sure you have cash when buying smaller shops don't use cards. We saw the suspension bridge. Had good conversation and a relaxing time. Good idea for family, couple's, and solo travelers.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for sharing a review about this tour. We are happy to learn that you were satisfied with our tour guide's service and also fully enjoyed this tour. We look forward to see you again in the near future. :)
star-4
Scenic on narrow mountain road
KangHong_T
, Jul 2019
Drive there and back was hair raising in very narrow roads on the mountain. Guide and commentary was good.
star-5
Great tour outside Taioei
kristine5555
, Jun 2019
a short car ride from Taipei, ca 20-30min and you are in the hilly area with stunning views. tea tasting session also been great
star-2
Maybe not this one!
Jennifer_L
, Apr 2019
A pleasant place to visit but our tour bus was old and dirty, and our driver was difficult to understand. His info was limited and he would repeat himself several times. On the steep wet roads he had one hand on the wheel and the other feeding his face! Definitely find another company to travel with.
star-3
The trip is fine. Only when we view...
ShiHon_N
, Feb 2018
The trip is fine. Only when we view the thousand islands lake we are facing the Sun and the LAKE is hidden in HAZE! Time is a bit short for every spot. S.H. from Hong Kong
star-4
Great tour, but unfortunately it was...
Monica V
, Jan 2018
Great tour, but unfortunately it was raining when we visited. It would be amazing if the weather was better. The tea tasting was a lovely touch to the tour.
star-5
Our guide was great. We had one...
Judith M
, Nov 2017
Our guide was great. We had one other person on the tour with us, so even though it was billed as a small group tour it was almost like a private tour. We were taken to areas of beautiful scenery, off the path for most tourists we didn't see ANY other non-Asians. We enjoyed the tea museum, and the tea tasting experience was fun. This was a reasonably priced tour, and we felt it was very much work it!
star-5
Lovely tour and lovely Guide called...
Shital_G
, Oct 2017
Lovely tour and lovely Guide called Jackie aka Jackie Chan. Would recommend as the views are out of this world.
star-5
Great tour guide, beautiful amazing...
Donato K
, Apr 2017
Great tour guide, beautiful amazing views even if it was a bit foggy. I also enjoyed tea tasting. Highly recommended.
star-4
It was a very nice tour and the tour...
oluwabunkola o
, Jan 2017
It was a very nice tour and the tour guide was very friendly and open to all the questions. The tour ended nicely at a tea house which was really good.
star-5
Tour veloce, intenso e unico. A...
Guido_D
, Sep 2016
Tour veloce, intenso e unico. A stretto contatto con la natura. Guida simpatica, super preparata e disponibile! Prezzo ottimo!

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