Tucked away behind a wall, the Wu Wei Cao Tang Tea House (無為草堂 wúwéi cǎotáng) sits like a secret garden in the midst of the traffic and mayhem of central Taichung.
What is most striking about visiting Wuwei Caotang the first time is the immediate, spa-like serenity of the location. You are surrounded by greenery and flowing water, with boardwalks and pathways leading around a central pond teeming with colorful koi.
All of the seats are at low tables, and all have a view of the inner pond.
Your server will bring you an array of tiny cups and platters, as well as various snacks to pair with your tea selection. If you are not sure what to order, there are set packages available so you can have a chance to try many different things.
Your server will also demonstrate how to best brew the tea in the tiny earthenware pot, and how to pour, smell and taste the different types of tea.
By the time we finish, night has fallen and the lanterns are lit on the walkways surrounding the koi pond. We walk out onto the still-bustling streets of Taichung to make our way home.
Wu Wei Cao Tang Tea House Visitor’s Notes:
- Name in Chinese: 無為草堂 wúwéi cǎotáng
- Address: No. 106, Section 2, Gongyi Road, Nantun District, Taichung City, 408 (公益路二段106號)
- Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm daily
- Minimum charge: $120 NTD