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With the efforts of the people throughout the years, the political and economic development in Taiwan sped up dramatically. After realizing fruitful results from industrialization, the government started to focus on local development and balanced development in areas to improve the living quality of citizens in Taiwan. In accordance with this policy, the former president Li Dung-Hui, while inspecting local construction when he was the provincial governor in 1983, gave special instructions to build a tea museum in the most important tea area – Pinglin-- to reinforce the production and sales of Wenshan Baozhong Tea as well as to make best use of tourism resources in the Pinglin area.

 

Pinglin District is located at the southeast tip of New Taipei City. It borders Toucheng and Jiashi of Yilan County to the east, Shuangshi District of New Taipei City to the northeast, Pingxi District to the north, Shiding District to the northwest and west and Wulai District to the southwest. In Pinglin, there are more hills than plains and a total area of 170.83 square kilometers makes it the third largest area in New Taipei City. Pinglin is a beautiful mountain town surrounded by mountains and forests with only a limited population and abundant leisure resources; therefore, it has always been the Number One choice for mountain climbers, hikers and campers from metropolitan Taipei. Pinglin is also the main tea growing area for Wenshan Baozhong Tea. The tea plantations that fill the mountains with greenery present its unique landscape. Pinglin is only one hour's drive from downtown Taipei, and the scenery along the way is simply amazing -- establishing a tea museum there has definitely added a strong attraction to local tourism and cultural industry while satisfying the need for relaxation for people in metropolitan Taipei.

 

The production and sale of Wenshan-Baozhong tea has, in recent years, become the most important economic resource in Pinglin District. More than 80% of the local residents grow tea and the total area of tea plantations is close to 1000 acres with an annual income of about 500 million NT dollars. The area of tea plantations is still increasing and tea-producing techniques are also improving, giving Pinglin a great potential for attracting both domestic and international tourists; therefore, the establishment of the Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City is definitely necessary.

 

As a tea area, Pinglin District possesses not only unique characteristics but also abundant resources and potential for developing tourism and leisure activities. With its natural conditions and hillside resources, the benefits for establishing the Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City are:

 

1. Upgrading Cultural Quality: In order to develop the culture of tea art, it provides leisure facilities and activities related to tea art, making tea art more interesting.

 

2. Offering an educational function: Tea art, after several thousand years of accumulated knowledge, has become a unique culture in the world. The Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City provides an educational function to promote knowledge about tea leaves as well as tea culture.

 

3. Promoting and expanding local economy: Tea is the major cash crop in Pinglin District and it is also the major income resource for the local tea growers. The Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City helps Taiwan people better understand tea leaves, tea-drinking as well as fostering the interest in tea to indirectly increase the incomes of tea growers and to boost the local economy.

 

4. Providing a leisure function: Pinglin serves as the central hub between Beiyi Expressway and Beiyi Highway. In addition to being a rest stop for tourists and various vehicles, it is also a place where campers visiting the Jade Dam and the Beishi River gather.

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