Located in central Taiwan, Chiayi is known for its world-famous teas. Its versatile terrain is like a tea plantation paradise. Among the enchanting tea plantations in this beautiful county are those around the famous “1314 Observation Deck” (一生一世景觀台) in Ruifeng Village and Taixing Village in this county’s Meishan Township.
The ‘1314 Observation Deck’
Nestled in the breathtaking beauty of Ruifeng Village (瑞峰村) lies the “1314 Observation Deck,” a spot where nature’s grandeur and romance intertwine. Renowned as the filming location for a beloved tea commercial, this captivating lookout offers a sweeping 360-degree panorama of the vast expanse of tea plantations and the mountains in the distance.
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The peak of Haishu Mountain (海鼠山) is 1,311 meters (4,301 feet) above sea level. To further promote tourism, the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration purposely built this 3-meter-high viewing lookout at the top of the mountain, making the height 1,314 meters (4,311 feet), which is a homophone of the phrase “Forever and Ever” (一生一世).
The “Forever and Ever Observation Deck” boasts spectacular views of the Yunlin Caoling Scenic Area across the Qingshui River to the north and the Meishan Grand Canyon in the distance to the west. On top of that, it is a remarkable vantage point for taking in the captivating Alishan sunrise and the majestic natural splendor of the mountains around.
It is worthwhile to delve into the allure of this hidden gem to enjoy a tranquil and immersive experience. It is a visual feast that mesmerizes the soul and leaves an indelible impression.
The ‘1314 Love Tower’
Right next to the “1314 Observation Deck” is the iconic “1314 Love Tower” (一生一世愛情塔), on which the distance to major cities such as New York in the United States, Paris in France, Barcelona in Spain, London in the United Kingdom, and Dubai, etc., are marked. It carries profound symbolism: Though separated by physical distance, love transcends all boundaries. Meanwhile, the 18 national flags of those cities are displayed next to the cities’ names, a poignant symbol of unity and harmony.
In addition, dotted around this “Forever and Ever Tower” are the enchanting expressions of “I Love You” in various languages, reminding visitors of the universal language of love that knows no boundaries. Visitors are often moved by this symbol of global togetherness, making it a unique and emotional aspect of the tea plantations. The Love Tower also serves as a delightful backdrop for capturing cherished memories and celebrating love in all its forms.
The Ruifeng Love Trail
Just behind the “1314 Love Tower” is the entrance to the Ruifeng Love Trail. Winding through pristine natural landscapes, this romantic trail offers breathtaking views of the tea garden and the surrounding mountains. The serene ambiance of the trail, which blends harmoniously with the splendor of the tea plantations, provides the perfect setting for a leisurely walk with a loved one. Visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility and serenity of the trail and let the charm of the surroundings rejuvenate their spirits.
The tea plantations in Taixing Village
Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Meishan Township, Taixing Village is also famous for its stunning tea plantations, as well as its amazing annual autumn spectacle of migrating cattle egrets. The lush green hills of this enchanting village are adorned with meticulously cultivated tea bushes, creating a breathtaking sight that attracts visitors from far and wide. The tea plantations in Taixing Village have a rich history spanning generations and are a testament to Taiwan’s deep-rooted tea culture.
As visitors venture into the tea plantations, they’ll be greeted by a symphony of fragrant aromas and a tranquil ambiance that soothes the soul. Skilled local farmers, whose expertise has been passed down through the ages, carefully cultivate the tea leaves to ensure that they are of the highest quality. The region’s favorable climate and fertile soil contribute to the unique flavors and characteristics of the tea grown here. Whether you’re a tea connoisseur or simply enchanted by the natural beauty, a visit to the tea plantations of Taixing Village will undoubtedly leave you with a deep appreciation for the art of tea cultivation and the serenity of rural Taiwan.
In conclusion, the sight of the vibrant greenery merging with the clear blue sky is a sight to behold in these two villages, making them a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Breathing in the crisp, fresh mountain air while taking in the breathtaking vista is an experience that is truly rejuvenating.