Andy got take advantage of the only morning that it wasn't raining this week and take a 55 km scenic ride from his home on the southern border of Nantou County to the National University just north of Sun Moon Lake. Here's a roadside snapshot overlooking Shuili, a township that fittingly is named "In Water".
He was invited to be a guest lecturer to a class of non-university students who are learning about creative cultural representation in the tourism industry, including the sale of local specialty produce, such as tea. It was a great group of people of all ages and backgrounds. Some were B&B owners, others worked in farmers' associations and local governments, and there were a few tea farmers who were developing their own brands.
It was really a pleasure and an honor to see the interest the class had in Eco-Cha's story and learn of our perspective on the local specialized industry of tea and tea culture. Even more rewarding however, was the friendly, modest manner in which the students introduced themselves during the intermission. Andy was offered home-made cookies and many invitations to come visit their homes, farms and businesses. He was even given a document of the occasion at the end of the class!
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We recently visited Mr. Liu when we hosted a visitor from Italy who was keen on experiencing the local tea culture. Our guest was truly elated to be served tea by a true artisan of the trade. Mr. Liu served us three different teas that were all locally harvested this past spring. They varied only in their degree oxidation and roasting. And the one that was sufficiently oxidized, but only lightly roasted, immediately impressed us.