I've worked at Nangang for more than three years now, and I've heard about a place where you could drink tea and chat with friends the entire afternoon... but I've only been here myself just recently. The first time was a farewell meal for a colleague. (Yes, they serve food, too. A bit steep, and a bit slow, but the food is quite tasty!). But seeing that was with a big group of colleagues, it was not an ideal chance for photo shooting. This time, the family had come to visit Taipei for the day for early tomb-sweeping. It was a while yet before they had to depart for Taichung. I thought of this place for us to kill some time.
It's not hard to find, but it's not that easy to spot, either. It's in the mountains, so you'll have to drive. The bus only takes you to the foot of the hill. I don't drive, so don't ask me for how long you'll need to drive to here. I have no clue. All I know is that it's on the left hand side. And you'll need to park on the first entrance you see.
Although the winter had been generally warm, there were some quite chilly days in spring. Fortunately these flowers still blossomed. But last year's blossoms were much more impressive.
Walk up these steps to get to the restaurant/tea place.
What a wonderful day to sit out, if they provided umbrellas. But even after two trips here, I still haven't figured out how to get there!
There are a few types of teas you can choose from. They'll give you cups according to the number of people in your group. This quantity was just right for the four of us.
This little container costs NT$400, about NT$100 each, which is quite good for about a couple of hours' chat.
My parents drink tea, so we kind of grew up drinking tea as well.
My dad, is, of course, the most professional of us all. So he gets the honour of making the tea.
The quality isn't bad. It's just we've been spoiled by some very high quality teas...
But the most important thing was being with the family.
This was what the tea looked like in the container.
After you can't taste the tea anymore (usually after two or three times), you add new leaves (after taking out the wet leaves, of course.)
And there are my parents, I don't know what they were doing, but whatever it was, it' was cute!
As the sun starts setting, the lighting makes the place even more beautiful.
Even if you're not into photography, even just looking, you'll see a different kind of beauty as you leave at dusk.
You might even meet new friends.
The place is rather quiet even though we were there on a Sunday. I realise the place is a bit distant, but if you don't like crowds, like me, you just might enjoy a quiet chat here over tea with a couple of good friends!