Tea is not just a drink. It has thousands of years of tea ceremonies, tea art, and tea culture behind it. Tea leads to a way of savoring life. Yong’an Village in Luye Township is located at an altitude of 368 meters. The fields have smooth drainage, and the large temperature difference between day and night in early spring and late winter makes it a suitable spot for growing tea. This allowed Tseng-Kun Wen, the late Father of the Taitung Tea Industry, to open a tea factory here in 1966 to establish his tea kingdom. Hsin Yuan Chang Tea Industrial Cultural Center is the first cultural center of its kind in Taiwan.
Hsin Yuan Chang Black Tea Industrial Cultural Center has different exhibition areas. Commissioners in the museum explain the process of tea picking, withering, atting, tossing, fixation, rolling, drying, ball-rolling, roasting, tasting, etc. They clearly explain the stages from tea making to taste. Once you know the skill of making tea and mastering the essence of tea, you will come to better understand how to taste the shape, color, aroma, and taste of tea. Here you can also participate in the lei cha experience, where you can make tea by grinding the tea leaves yourself, and enjoy a cup of handmade tea while chatting with family and friends. You can also walk outside int the garden to admire the lush tea fields. This center allows you feel the essence of tea from the beauty of Luye tea fields.