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Introducing Pinglin

Pinglin (Pínglín), which means 'forest on level ground', is famous nationwide for its honey-flavoured bao chung tea (a type of oolong). Less than an hour from Taipei by bus (about 26km east of Xindian), or a couple of hours by bike, the region is well loved by day trippers for its emerald mountain landscape, picture-perfect tea fields, scenic mountain roads, and clear, swimmable rivers teeming with fish. The town also features a tea museum that's worth visiting if you're in the area.