day 3: more sml.
Ching Sheng hotel is pretty isolated, but has an amazing view of the lake and is right next to the Wen Wu Temple. Even though apparently there is no sunrise (or something along the lines of that...) during the summer, we still dragged ourselves out to explore before breakfast.
ANYWAYS, after the leaves were sufficiently wilted, we put them on racks to dry and were rewarded with delicious and refreshing lemon black tea. By the time we finished painting our very own tea containers, the tea leaves were dried and ready to be packaged. It's not everyday you get to take home tea made with your own hands!
day 4: tainan
MORE DIY! After breakfast we were packed and loaded back onto the buses and taken to the Snake Kiln in Shuili (in water teehee) and after a video and tour, got to make our own pottery creations. Back in the old days, the Snake Kiln used to make giant water vats that apparently sold out before they were even cooled down.
It was soooooo hot. And we were a yellow blob. And we had to take a giant group picture. Terrible, I know.
Anyways, we got a brief history of Taiwan (at least...up until the unimportant events that happened in the 20th century), and our adorable tour guide with suspiciously good English came on our bus and also gave us tours of the other historical places we went to, Anping fort and Eternal Golden Castle.