Bajia, a tea plantation in Miaoli City, has recently become famous for the Maoli black tea it grows, in addition to a sea of lupine flowers. And on 22nd and 23rd, a series of tea events will be held at Miaoli City Tea Cultural Park. Visitors can try picking, manufacturing, and tasting tea by then, and appreciate the magnificent sea of lupine flowers which cover nine hectares of land. The city government hopes that the flowers can help to boost the tea business in Miaoli.
Taichung Branch, Soil and Water Conservation Bureau in the past few years has worked with Tea Research and Extension Station, Miaoli District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, Northern Region Branch of the Agriculture and Food Agency, National United University, Miaoli County Government, Miaoli City Office, Miaoli City Farmers’ Association, and Miaoli City Maoli Leisure Farm Area Development Association to revitalize Miaoli’s tea sector. AI technology is introduced to facilitate managerial work, and new skills are applied to save manpower and water. Young people are encouraged to come back to Miaoli to be farmers. Tea-manufacturing skills and production volume have also been improved.
The lupine flower season is being promoted by the city government and Maoli Leisure Farm Area Development Association together. The goal is to introduce local culture and the tea industry to Miaoli residents and fans of agriculture alike. The black tea of Maoli, as well as the idyllic tea farms and lupine flowers Bajia, are being highlighted by various groups of society, as parts of Miaoli’s ecotourism plans. The farming villages are expected to revitalize and thrive soon.