Head to the quaint town of Jiufen, just an hour’s trip east of Taipei, and indulge in authentic tea with classic Taiwanese pastries, while soaking in a relaxing view of the pristine Keelung Mountain. To get a feel of old Jiufen, go to Jishan Street and hang out at the Jioufen Teahouse. The multi-storied building still has much of its original features, including Japanese-style window frames and doors crafted from Chinese cypress trees. You’ll see cabinets containing exquisite tea cups, pots, storage jars, and packages of assorted tea leaves. Wooden steps take you down through an open-air courtyard that has a water fountain and a koi pond. Another set of steps lead down to a room full of tables, benches, old traditional Chinese beds that are used as banquettes, and a row of cast iron teapots on top of burning charcoal. This room is where the tea is prepared and served. On a clear summer day, you may want to drink your tea while out on the patio that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Most of the staff can converse in Chinese and in basic English, Japanese, and Korean so you can be assisted properly. You will be served a standard tea set that includes a pot of LiShan oolong tea plus yummy local snacks like handmade oolong biscuit, tea plum, and dried fruit. You even get free postcards and a discount on souvenir miner mugs!