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One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

Purchasing the “Zhongshan One Day Tour Package Tickets” at the tourist information center is the tip to have fun in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area. The package tickets offer a 10% discount for 4 DIY activities, and it is not required to use them all on a single day. The tickets can be used in multiple trips. <br/><br/> “Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area” in Yilan is near Renshan Botanical Garden in Dongshan Township, the major cash crops are tea and shaddock. And the renowned tourist spot is Xinliao Waterfall. To enjoy some nature, have afternoon tea and experience novelties, I highly recommend Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area.<br/><br/>There are more than 10 kinds of DIY activities on the farm, and in this article I would introduce 2 classic activities and 2 newly launched DIY.

DIY: Sculpted Tea Jelly in Green Field Tea Garden
The gorgeous flowers are in the tea jelly. So how on earth to make it? To save some fun, I am not going to tell you the details in the article. Go and find out yourself!

The flowers are made of edible ingredients. The petals are colored by dragon fruits. The stamen and pistil are made of gardenia flower or the pumpkin puree and the green leaf is from matcha.

The activity takes only 90 minutes. The ingredients have to be prepared before hand, so visitors should make a reservation 3 days in advance. This activity can take a maximum of 30 people. To sculpt the tea jelly, hot water and needles are needed; hence, the activity has a higher safety requirement that visitors above high school age are allowed do it independently. For younger ones, they can paint the chocolate.
One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area
One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲The sculpted tea jelly was so gorgeous that I didn’t want to eat it off

One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area
Green Field Tea Garden
Tel: (03)958-4888
Add: No. 132, Zhongcheng Rd., Zhongshan Village, Dongshan Township, Yilan County
Fan page: http://bit.ly/2VWS8kA
DIY Mochi in Xinshan Tea Garden
Xinshan Tea Garden is renowned for tea procession in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area. Its black tea has floral scent and unique flavor; therefore, it has won several awards in tea competitions for several years.

The garden uses their homemade matcha for the DIY mochi activity. Because the owner’s wife really likes eating mochi, she went to learn how to make mochi then added their tea ingredients to offer this activity. She said confidently that after eating her homemade mochi, she wouldn’t want to eat those with too much addictives.

The process of making mocha is simple. To put it straight forward, I kneaded it hard because I really wanted to taste it.
One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area
One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲Knead it hard; there is no short cut!

One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲The prize sign over the main hall is now the table, how amusing!

Xinshan Tea Garden<br/>Mobile: 0918-221201<br/>Add: No. 179, Zhongcheng Rd., Zhongshan Village, Dongshan Township, Yilan County<br/>Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/xin168

DIY Green Tea Cake in Fangyue Tea Garden

One of the most classic DIY activities in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area is making green tea cake. The owner, Mrs. Hung is talented in cooking, and she likes teaching visitors to make pastries. Making the green tea cake is simple and interesting. <br/><br/>The ingredients are already prepared to save the hassles, and visitors simply mix the green bean kernels and green tea powder then choose their moulds to fill in the fillings. The final step is to put the cake into the mouth and savor it. The steps may sound easy, because Mrs. Hung has conducted enough experiments to make it simple. There are still many tips to learn during the process. <br/><br/>Mrs. Hung is outgoing. She moved to Yilan from Yunlin after she got married. It was fun talking with her. It is said that her homemade fermented bean curd with pineapple and preserved fruits are divine. Try your luck and be friends with Mrs. Hung, you may get a chance to taste the flavors.

One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲Green bean kernels, plum powder, and green tea powder are the ingredients. Mix them well.

One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲And here is the little and sweet green tea cake.

One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲The scrumptious fermented bean curd and pineapple

Fangyue Tea Garden<br/>Tel: (03)958-5259<br/>Add: No. 193, Zhongcheng Rd., Zhongshan Village, Dongshan Township, Yilan County<br/>Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/FangYueChaYuan

DIY Roasted Tea Egg in Ershan Tea Garden
DIY roasted tea eggs is a group activity that requires 2 to 6 people, during the egg making, participants can make tea and chat. The tea roasted egg is made by traditional way of food preservation. Participants can bring this skills home, apply to other materials and make their own roasted tea cuisine.

The eggs should be steeped in the tea soup for 3 days, in order to make them tastier, the yolk cannot be fully cooked but soggy and runny. The most challenging step is to peel the egg because it is easily destroyed due to the texture; therefore, it is easily broken. You may want to pay attention to the owner’s skills to make it right.

Brown sugar will be used in the roasting process and the time and coloring has to be tended. Everyone can roast 4 eggs, and you may want to eat one up right away. If there are enough participants, there will be a competition and the winner will get a gift from the tea garden.
One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area
One Day Tour in Zhongshan Leisure Farm Area

▲The tip to peel the egg is “to place the egg in the palm and peel with the flesh of the finger”

Ershan Tea Garden<br/>Tel: (03)958-0301<br/>Add: No. 3 Zhongshan 5th Rd., Dongshan Township, Yilan County<br/>Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/donco.lin1

A Scenic Spot for Photo Shooting

It is located half way up the hill. When the days are clear, visitors can see the Guishan Island in distance. The pond and patio are the great spots where people like taking photos. <br/><br/>Longzuo Café<br/>Tel: (03)958-5907<br/>Add: No. 33, Lane 73, Jiuliao Rd., Dongshan Township, Yilan County<br/>Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/liu9585907