Sketch of Archilife Study Tour, February 2023
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For the study tour of February 11, 2023, Ms. Lu Ming-yun led 19 ARF interns and their parents on a trip to learn about Sanqiashui ecology and century-old Fu Yuan Tea Manufactory. It was clear and sunny on the day of the tour, and the interns and their parents were on time for the departure. At the start of the day's activities, team leader Ms. Lu Ming-yun reminded everyone about things to note and what to observe, and gave the interns some background knowledge.
The morning’s itinerary began at Sanqiashui community. “Sanqiashui” refers to three confluences of three rivers, which are spread along the east-west valley where the mainstem of Xiaoli River flows. Starting from the local center of faith – Sanyuan Temple, the group was separated into two, each led by a tour guide. The tour guides explained that environment conservation and sustainability are practiced in Sanhe community by not widening roads, reducing the number of streetlights, using natural stones to build retaining walls, planting trees to reduce carbon, etc. Pointing out specific plants and objects along the way, the two-hour tour brought interns closer to nature through touch, smell and sight. Waiting for everyone at the end of the tour was refreshing tea and freshly baked bread from Banshanju and Stone Oven Bakery. After the break, everyone learned to make a DIY insect-repellent pouch consisting of eight types of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Following that, everyone was introduced to the concept of natural farming and a tour of an orchard free from use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It allows interns and their parents to understand that healthy and attractive agricultural products can come from cherishing local ecology and benefiting from nature’s cycles.
The afternoon’s itinerary centered around Fuyuan Tea Manufactory and learning about tea. Everyone was offered three diverse types of tea to savor, including honey-scented black tea, green tea and Hakka citrus tea. After forming their first impression in scent and taste, the interns watched a video introducing the history of the tea manufactory. Built against a mountain, Fuyuan Tea Manufactory was manually constructed from scratch by its pioneers. The interns also personally experienced the process of grinding tea powder, and saw a demonstration of the machines needed to make tea, and how tea is ground into fine aromatic powder. The detailed tour deepened everyone’s understanding of tea-making within a short time. Every step of the manufacturing process is essential in ensuring tea quality. Fuyuan Tea Manufactory’s commitment to the quality of its tea leaves makes it a popular source for well-known brands of tea. Everyone also had the opportunity to visit its tea plantation which is usually not open to visitors. As the day’s tour came to an end, everyone took a group photo before heading back home and looked forward to the next study tour.