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Pinglin 坪林: A World of Tea

Tea is everywhere in Pinglin 坪林.

Tea is everywhere in Pinglin 坪林.

There are few places in Taiwan as tea crazy as Pinglin 坪林 in New Taipei City.  I don’t think I saw a single building that didn’t have the Chinese character for tea on it while I was there.  What better place for a tea museum?  Pinglin is a definite must-do for anyone obsessed with the beverage.  Even if you’re not, you will be wowed by the beautiful scenery.  Check out more from my visits.

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Pingxi Line 平溪線: An All-Day Escape

The Shifen Waterfall, one of the many sites on the Pingxi Line.

The Shifen Waterfall, one of the many sites on the Pingxi Line.

One of the most popular day trips from Taipei is spending an afternoon riding the Pingxi Line 平溪線.  It is a special branch line in New Taipei City that you can transfer to from Ruifang Station.  It is best known as the site of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, though it has plenty of other things to see, do, and eat during the festival off-season.

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Neiwan 內灣: Enjoy Ginger Rice Dumplings At This Off-Beat Old Street

Zongzi (糭子), Neiwan Old Street's signature snack.

Zongzi, Neiwan Old Street’s signature snack.

Like Pingxi, Neiwan 內灣 is a small township that can be accessed via a special train line.  Though ignored for decades, it recently became a tourist boom thanks to its old street highlighted by zongzi (粽子), a rice dumpling wrapped in leaves.  The zongzi in Neiwan is special as it’s wrapped in ginger leaves and thus has a distinctive taste.  Though Neiwan is not as scenic as other old streets, it’s filled with great food and quirkiness that makes it worth a visit.  Check out my pictures for more information.

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Yingge Old Street 鶯歌老街: Make Your Own Souvenir

Make your own pottery at Yingge Old Street.

Make your own pottery at Yingge Old Street.

 

Yingge doesn’t just have an interesting museum, but is also acclaimed for its old street 鶯歌老街.  This one focuses on ceramics and pottery, though it has your typical elements of an old street such as red brick buildings, souvenirs, and snacks.  You can even get your hands dirty and make your own pottery.  Check out some pictures from my visit.

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