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Hollywood star Rob Schneider finds Taiwan tea 'superb'

2012/07/10 19:12:44

Taipei, July 10 (CNA) Hollywood comedy actor Rob Schneider rated Taiwan's tea as "superb," during a visit to a tea farm near the scenic Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan on Tuesday.

Schneider and his wife Patricia Azarcoya Arce were given a tour of a leisure farm in Yuchih township, Nantou County, where they learned to pick tea leaves and later had tea with the owner.

Arce donned a bamboo hat and scarf like the ones worn by the women who work on the tea farm.

As the couple picked tea leaves under the guidance of the farm owner, Schneider joked that that the leaves must be picked young, like his wife.

The celebrity couple later sampled four kinds of Sun Moon Lake black tea.

Schneider said that compared with the black tea in other countries, Taiwan's is refreshing and not at all bitter.

"Taiwan superb, Taiwan tea superb," he said in simple Mandarin.

He also joked that the British usually spoil good black tea by adding too much sugar and cream.

Schneider and his wife are on a nine-day visit to Taiwan at the invitation of the Tourisn Bureau.

On Monday, they strolled around Sun Moon Lake and cycled on a route that CNNGo described as one of the best in the world.

The couple is scheduled to visit Taiwan's northeastern coast to take wedding photos in the scenic area in the tradition for local couples.

The photos and a series of short films featuring Schneider and Arce will be used to promote Taiwan tourism, including its tea.

Schneider, an American actor, director, screenwriter and comedian, came to Taiwan 12 years ago to promote his best known film "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo." He said he fell in love with the island and chose it as his honeymoon destination last year when he married Mexican television producer Arce.

(By Lin Heng-li and Lilian Wu)
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