Xiong Kong Tea Plantation
Xiong Kong Tea Plantation in Sanxia District, Taiwan. We were lucky to be able to see tea picking in action as there is a week or longer gap between each harvesting session. This is also one of the fewer farms that still does tea picking by hand as opposed to using pruning machines. There is also a cafe near the entrance with a terrace that overlooks the mountains. We saw a drone operator there who was trying to capture images of cherry blossom trees from above. He was dressed with National Geographic gears, but we didn’t find out if he worked for NatGeo or if he was a NatGeo enthusiast.
Located on the southeastern Taipei, this rural district known its tea business and the world’s biggest tea museum called Pinglin Tea Museum (坪林茶業博物館). This used to be a popular stop for anyone going from Taiwan to Yilan County, but after the highway was built, the traffic to this area reduced and many of the businesses closed doors. The museum has been renovated recently and it feels modern, but the rest of the district feels run down and there are many buildings that appears to be abandoned or unmaintained.
I did not see very many vintage cars while I was in Taiwan. This was one of the few.
Pretty amazing how nature finds its ways. For some reason, this reminded me of the movie “Annihilation”.
Once you go up the mountain, you can see lots of tea plantations built along the terrain.
All pictures taken with Fujifilm X-H1 with XF16-55mm and XF50-140mm.