Yi Shun Leisure Farm

Introduction of the Spot

A cup of tea a day, keeps the doctor away.

Every summer, Mt. Talampo in Fuli, about 800 meters in altitude, is the highest recommended place to appreciate daylilies in Eastern Taiwan. With a superb view, Mt. Talampo is located in the Coastal Mountains. When the sky is clear, tourists can see the whole view of the East Rift Valley. As well as experiencing the two-month orange daylily blossoming season every year, tourists can enjoy a cup of fragrant tea nourished by the green mountain.

Following the signs along the mountain road, tourists arrive at Yi Shun Leisure Farm. The old mansion was the former residence of the Lin Family. Born into a Minnan family in Yunlin, the family subsequently moved to Mt. Talampo to grow daylilies after encountering the August 7 flood in Western Taiwan. For their children to go to school more conveniently and due to the inconvenience of the industrial road, most of the families settled in Zhutian at the hillside. In summer, during the busy farming season, the whole family would move back to the mountain to harvest daylilies. Lin Chun-Chieh spent all his summer vacations around daylilies.

From a tea layman, Lin is turned into a frequent winner in tea contests.

To make additional income, and as the mountain area is so misty, in the 1980s tea growing in Mt. Talampo was promoted. Lin Chun-Chieh’s father also grew 24,000 tea trees, up to 2 acres. However, he did not have time to manage the tea trees. It cost tens of thousands to hire someone to take care of tea trees. They couldn't get the hang of it. At that time, the government planned to turn Mt. Talampo into a daylily tourism park. Pavillions were built and roads were renovated. The development of the mountain area was promising. Therefore, Lin Chun-Chieh was asked to take over the tea farm.

As a layman when it came to tea, Lin Chun-Chieh learned how to make tea from a Nantou tea master for a month at an emerging tea factory in Vietnam, introduced to him by his relatives. Taking lessons all day, he gained a full understanding of the tea-making process. After returning home, he started to make tea with the fresh tea leaves grown on his family’s farm. In his second year, he won first prize at the Hualien County Tea Making Contest.

Lin Chun-Chieh’s tea-making skills are highly commended. The tea farm in the mountain has been well-preserved. Although destroyed by a typhoo,n following which most of the tea trees had to be re-planted, Lin Chun-Chieh started to grow tea along the mountain and manage the tea farm. A lot of the expenses went in vain, but because Lin Chun-Chieh always got good grades in contests and the tourism industry in the mountain became more and more prosperous, the family started to manage a B&B and a restaurant and were finally able to move back to the mountain to manage the tea and daylily farms.