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Why Pinglin Tea Museum is special ?
Located beside the Beishi River in Pinglin, New Taipei City, Pinglin Tea Museum presents the Chinese tea culture and is worth visiting for tea lovers. Pinglin Tea Museum has an abundant collection of materials on tea culture. Within the museum are theme exhibition areas and seasonal theme exhibitions. The exhibitions include physical aspects and cultural aspects, presenting all information concerning tea drinking in Taiwan. The museum is made up of the Exhibition Hall, Theme Hall, Multimedia Hall, Tea Art Hall and the Promotion Center. The Exhibition Hall has 3 exhibition areas: tea history, tea making and tea leaves, introducing how tea culture has developed in the Chinese history, rituals of tea making and commercial development of tea.
What to explore at Pinglin Tea Museum?
The Pinglin Tea Museum is one of the area’s newest and best landmarks. When approaching the tea museum the first thing you notice is its Fujian-style architecture, with a large circular courtyard along with long halls and round doors. In many ways, it seems like a version of the mountain streams that are common south of the Changjiang River. The main purpose of the museum is to give visitors a chance to learn more about the tea industry by understanding its history through tea fields visits and an exhibition area. The knowledge they gain adds substance to subsequent tea culture experiences they partake on their visit to Pinglin. On the second floor is a “plant clinic” that provides local tea growers with accurate knowledge about growing techniques. Outside the courtyard gives visitors a traditional southern Chinese setting where they can go for a stroll, admire the carp pool and manmade waterfall, or sip tea in the pavilion. Behind the museum there is also an ecological park which features a tea flower forest and Taiwan’s only Matsu statue built in a tea-growing area. Many locals come here to pray and ask for good fortune.
How to get to Pinglin Tea Museum?
Nat'l Hwy 5 → Exit at the Pinglin Interchange → Guozhong Rd.
THSR Taipei Station (TRA Taipei Station) → MRT Xindian Station → Take bus Green-12 or No. 923 to Pinglin
- Interested in tea. Should see
- Newly renovated museum
Pinglin Tea Museum
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“Newly renovated museum” Visited this place on 17 Sept 2015. We took bus 923 from Xindian MRT station, the bus journey is about 30min. I also heard from locals that bus G12 can also reach Pinglin but since it does not uses the highway, the journey will take 1 hour instead. Ping Lin Tea Museum is newly renovated and reopened in Aug 2015. Admission is free when I visited. They have interactive and multimedia exhibit spots such as hands-on on how to wrap Bao Zhong Tea, touch and feel the various kinds of tea leaves etc. Right beside and behind the museum are some small plot of tea plantations and also a little hill that overlook the Pinglin Town. There are also more hiking route in the mountains for those with stamina and a adventous heart to explore further. Pinglin is a nice quiet little town which is stark contrast from the touristy Shifen town now. Do try their local Pinglin Tea ice-cream from any store in town, it is quite nice!