Tea workers from Fujian province, China, profoundly affected the history of Taiwan’s modern day tea industry. On three occasions beginning in the mid-17th century, Fujianese residents were relocated or fled across the straits of Taiwan to settle in this mountainous island neighbor. The Fujianese took with them their oolong tea-making skills as well as tea bush cuttings to propagate new generations of tea bushes in their relocated home. They succeeded in creating spectacularly situated tea gardens in virtually all of the high elevated locations in northern Taiwan and the high-mountain regions of central Taiwan. Today, researchers at several Taiwanese tea research institutes have created new cultivars of bushes that reflect the uniquely Taiwanese terroir.
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