Pei Ketron Visits Us In Dong Ding Oolong Country

August 14, 2014 1 Comment

We recently spent the day with Pei Ketron  - pioneer of Instagram photography (@pketron) and freelance photographer from the U.S.A. who has family in Taipei. Pei was recently featured on PHOTOSHELTER in a live webinar about her Instagram expertise.

Photo of Pei Ketron

While staying with relatives in Taipei, she hopped around Asia on different jobs for a few months. And taking a day trip from Taipei via the High Speed Rail, public bus, and my motorcycle - Lugu was one of her last stops before getting on plane back to the States. The bus that Pei had to take from the Taichung HSR station was a public service tour bus that took city folks to a recreational forest park high up in the central mountain range, passing through Lugu along the way. Pei soon found out that there were no set bus stops along the way. Passengers had to push a button to notify the driver that they wanted to get off. Sounds convenient, but not when you have no idea where you are or where you are going! I found Pei easily enough on the side of the rode between Lugu and the forest park where she  abruptly got dropped off! From there it was relatively smooth travels for the rest of the day. We visited a couple scenic spots and a few of our tea friends, then rode back down the mountain and all the way back to the Taichung HSR station, as the buses had stopped running in the afternoon.

Here are some shots Pei took at Lu Ding Manor, a nice B&B/ Conference Center at the top of Dong Ding Mountain:

Above, an activity of children brewing tea for a group of guests was being prepared for when we arrived. And below, Pei framed a nice shot of Andy taking in the view from the second floor veranda.

 

The view below is from the vista point that our local friend and tea artisan took us up to overlooking Qilin Lake (麒麟潭) and Phoenix Village (鳳凰村) on this summer afternoon of intermittent thunder showers. Pei caught the afternoon light just as the sun shined through for a brief moment. This ridge above Dong Ding Mountain has some of the earliest history of tea cultivation on Taiwan, and for us is the heart of tea country.

Here is a sneaky pic that Pei took of our friend Young (who produced our current batch of Dong Ding Oolong) and I on our way back down from the vista point:

Pei and I stopped for one last pot of tea at the home of my tea mentors Tony and Lisa Lin before heading back to Taichung in the evening to make sure Pei could catch the HSR back up to Taipei. Luckily, Pei found her very long and weary day of travels into tea country to be well worth it! We look forward to her next visit and more fun tea adventures. Here's Pei's impromptu selfie shot of us fueling up on the way back into the city:

All photos courtesy of Pei Ketron 





1 Response

GRACE KINCART
GRACE KINCART

August 15, 2014

Wonderful pictures. I love learning more about Taiwan and especially the tea country

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

Tea sourcing trip by motorcycle to the Alishan region of Taiwan
Alishan High Mountain Oolong Fall 2020 Tea Sourcing Trip

September 24, 2020

It was a beautiful morning, and although the sun was quite strong, it felt so good to be doing what we love most — riding into the hills to source quality Taiwanese Tea! We've ridden this rode at dozens of times over the last 20+ years, and it never gets old. Each time we take this trip, we see these mountains in a different light. As far as we recall, this is the first time we stopped at this awesome spot on this bridge!

View full article →

Hong Shui Oolong Tea
Traditional Hong Shui Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

September 11, 2020

The full flavored character reflects the mastery that evolved from pre-modern tea producing methods — which our friend learned from his grandfather as a teenager. It's a rich, fruity, complex flavor profile with classic mineral notes, and a vibrant, truly satisfying finish. This, this is the real deal when it comes to traditionally made Oolong Tea from Nantou County, Taiwan!

View full article →

Grandma Chen maker of Traditional Hong Shui Oolong Tea
Traditional Hong Shui Oolong Tea | Eco-Cha Tea Club

September 07, 2020

Batch 58 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Hong Shui Oolong made in the traditional fashion by our friend in his home factory in Phoenix Village, Taiwan. He let his family plot of tea behind their traditional 3-sided farmhouse continue to grow after spring harvest in April until the last few days in July. This allows the tea trees to rejuvenate by growing naturally during the most vegetative phase of their annual cycle. He then harvested just the tops of the new growth before pruning his trees for fall harvest.

View full article →