Li cha (pounded tea), temples and a mural to explore
We find a DIY tea and get busy.
Lei cha is made by grinding primarily peanuts (which we removed due to Scott’s allergy), sesame seeds, and tea with a wooden pestle. Here’s a recipe to try at home: http://www.teafromtaiwan.com/hakka_tea
Because we needed to remove the peanuts we needed to grind extra long to get the seeds to a paste like consistency. When it’s the correct consistency, the wooden pestle will stand upright in the paste. Our arms were tired from all the grinding!
The sweet reward is delicious and very hearty due to all the seeds.
Fresh mochi rolled in crushed peanuts and sugar.
Walking around we see honeybees! I tried to inquire where the farm is, but my Mandarin wasn’t too sharp at day 30.
A quirky little shop with kittens running about.
Leaving Miaoli, we drive through Sanyi and catch a glimpse of this stunning temple up in the hills. Not a sole is around, but the front door (as shown above) is open so we enter. It’s magical!
A large gong suspended by ropes.
This beauty resting in the mist…. took my breath away.
This temple / place of worship is not marked on google maps, so here are the coordinates.
Then we pass through the town of Sanyi (known for its artistic community and wood carving art). We serendipitously come across this fantastasticness. Search this on goodle to find it 建中國小3D彩繪階梯 which translates to “China built a small 3D painted ladder”.