Tea Time in Taiwan’s Bada Forest

5 Jun

I’ve spoken of Bada Forest in Pingtung, Taiwan before in a previous post.  Well, I got to visit it again a second time.  This time we had the chance to enjoy some tea in a forest of Mahogany trees.

Bada Forest Paradise, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Bada Forest Paradise, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

I don’t mean we sat there and dipped some tea bags in a mug and called it ‘tea time’. I mean we did the whole Tao of Tea (茶道).  The word Tao (sometimes spelled Dao) means “the way” or “the philosophical concept”.  I couldn’t recall all the different steps, but it was something similar to the Gongfu Tea Ceremony.   If you’re too lazy to click on that link, there’s basically complex procedures for:

  • Preparation of the Tea
  • Brewing the Tea
  • Serving
  • Aroma Appreciation (smelled very good!)
  • Appreciation of the Tea Leaves at the end
  • Clean up!
Tea Time in Bada Forest of Taiwan

Tea Time in Bada Forest of Taiwan

Tea Time at Bada Forest Paradise

Tea Time at Bada Forest Paradise

Now for one of my favorite parts: Snacks!!

The snacks available from the vendor in the forest:

  • Dried Shitake Mushrooms
  • Dried (another type of) Mushrooms
  • Dried Roselle Flowers (google image them! they’re pretty!)
  • Dried Okras
  • More dried snacks!
I can’t describe how yummy these were.  They were crunchy and didn’t really taste like what they normally taste like (well, I don’t really know what Roselle Flowers taste actually but still).
Snacking at Tea Time

Snacking at Tea Time

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5 Responses to “Tea Time in Taiwan’s Bada Forest”

  1. shermangerherd June 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Love Taiwan!

  2. Carine June 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    The whole process looks so precious. I love it!

    • Tina June 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      It was a very interesting process to learn about, and the fact that we were enjoying the tea in the forest was another bonus!

  3. The Rowdy Chowgirl June 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    What an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tina June 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      It was a great experience! Drinking some tea, in a beautiful scenery like that.. thanks for stopping by!

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