Postcard of The Week: Making Assam Tea in Taiwan

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At the Hugo Assam Tea Farm, in Nantou County, a fun weekend activity for kids is to take a DIY class where they get to participate in making their own black tea. This means taking some freshly picked green tea leaves from the racks in the room, and then rubbing on the leaves in circles, over and over until they’ve dried up and are dark in color. This takes about two hours! After which, the tea goes into an elaborate machine for fermentation.

Assam black tea was first brought to Taiwan from India by the Japanese during their occupation, and is now one of most popular teas in Taiwan.

The mountainous Nantou County is Taiwan’s second largest county, located in the center of the island and making it the only landlocked area on the island.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning writer, photographer, and blogger specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work is regularly published in major travel publications, including AFAR, CNN, Delta Sky, and Lonely Planet, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos— a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with multiple travel brands and tourism boards, and also authors major print guidebooks on three Caribbean destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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