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Taiwan tea growers win big in cross-strait competition

2011/06/20 16:49

Taipei,June 20, (CNA) At the first cross-strait spring tea contest held in Xiamen from May 31-June 19, Taiwan tea growers outshone their Chinese competitors, with Lo Chih-ho of Taiwan winning the grand prize and title of "Tea King".

Lo's tea from Chiayi County was judged the best among the 111 entries and was highly praised by the judges of the competition and tea experts from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Other Taiwanese tea growers also won major prizes, with two gold medals going to Geow Yong Tea Hong of Taipei, and silver medals awarded to tea farmer Lin Kai-yi and two tea producers from Kaohsiung City and Chiayi County, respectively.

The 35-member delegation of Taiwan tea producers was led by Hsueh Wen-Yi, chairman of the Chiayi County Alishan Mountain tea industry association.

The tea competition was organized with the aim of increasing cross-strait tea trade and providing a platform for exchanges between the tea industries on both sides, Hsueh told the Taiwan media at a press conference.

To this end, the Min'nan region tea contest, which was first held in China in 2005, has been upgraded to a cross-strait event this year, Hsueh said.

This year, it was organized by the Xiamen Tea Association, Xiamen Evening News, Taiwan Alishan Mountain tea industry association and Alishan Mountain tea producer associations.

The competition featured Taiwan's Cing Shing oolong tea, which is grown in high mountain regions mostly in Chiayi County, southern Taiwan.

China is the market of the future for Taiwan tea, according to two Taiwanese tea farmers Lin San-pi and Kuan Chian-an who had participated in the competition for the first time.

Taiwanese tea producers also took the opportunity to display their products at the reopened Xiamen Tea Capital in Xiamen's North Station.

(By C.J. Lin) enditem/pc