Indigenous People’s Scenery of New Slamaw
The journey arrived in Lishan, Taichung, and there was not much data on the internet for this search regarding New Slamaw. I searched carefully back and forth, realizing that it actually refers to Kayo society, which was an Atayal indigenous tribal village. However, the place was listed as a catchment area after Techi Dam was constructed, and was not available for residing; hence, the tribal people relocated to the New Slamaw. This New Slamaw features unique characteristics, such that one may overlook the entire landscapes of New Slamaw along the way when going from Lishan to Techi; the place of residence is a tableland handed down from the glacial period, the Jia-Yang alluvial fan, with rows of tea gardens in-between the valleys, which appear like foreign countryside paintings when looked at. No wonder why Lishan always attracts many tourists to visit during the holidays to witness the magnificent beauty.
There are many tea gardens in New Slamaw, with Lishan Kumy Tea Garden being the most famous one; Kumy Tea Garden was originated in 1965, where an Atayal hunter arrived at Lishan Jia-Yang during the process of hunting, he met a local girl, got married and settled down here. They cultivated the land passed down from the ancestors to create the Kumy Fruit Garden.
Later, they got involved with Taiwan tea, and were devoted to the cultivation of tea trees, and they replaced all fruit trees with tea trees. Based on firm persistence, the owner of Kumy became the first successful indigenous person to cultivate tea leaves in Lishan, and Kumy Fruit Garden was then transformed into Kumy Tea Garden successfully.
Kumy Tea Garden is located below the Black Forest of New Slamaw in Lishan with a large temperature difference between day and night; it uses pure spring water from the Black Forest for irrigation to cultivate the unique Lishan Tea, where the high quality offers a sweet aftertaste. Having traveled in New Slamaw this time, the lush greenness and the distinct layers of tea gardens further provide a natural beauty, which is an alternative option for outings.
One must visit the Black Forest footpath when visiting New Slamaw. Why is it called Black Forest? It is for the prosperous woods here, such that even if the sun is shining brightly outside, only dim light can be seen once you enter the forest, resembling the black forest in fairytale, making one feel extremely excited even before starting to walk into it! The Black Forest secret area is located above Kumy Tea Garden, and you may only enter the Black Forest when you have crossed the tea garden. This used to be the shortcut for ancient hunting of the Atayal Tribe in the past, but it is now the ideal venue for observing ecology, as the most natural primitive landscapes are preserved in this forest secret area
Jia-Yang alluvial fan
There are tea gardens everywhere, and the dark history of the Evil Island has transformed into tea gardens and land for fruit trees.
Lishan Culture Museum
This Lishan Culture Museum was founded in 1971, containing the developmental history of Central Cross-Island Highway, the Atayal Tribal culture and Lishan’s natural ecology. It accepts reservations for tours.There was also handmade accessory production this time when A-Hsin visited, and therefore it is extremely suitable to take a detour here for treasure hunting when coming to Lishan.
Lishan Culture Museum was recently reopened
Collects Atayal Tribal people’s data and cultural relics
Documenting the history of excavating Lishan