Shangrila in the Clouds
Traumatized by the 88 Flood in 2009, the tribal producers in Alishan were on a fleet. Chairman of YuYuPas, Mr. Cheng Yu-Ping, saw a different opportunity – an opportunity to redevelop the local communities. He chose a plateau at the Leye Village and began to build his YuYuPas. This culture park brought the local communities a platform for the high-quality local products and the young generations of Tsou tribes viable career opportunities. This is a showcase of the culture and creativity of the Tsou tribes and an opportunity to develop domestic and cross-strait tourism.
The Aroma of Tea and Coffee
The first stop in YuYuPas is Hamo Museum. Visitors enter the museum after being blessed in a Tsou ritual. The museum exhibits literature, arts and crafts that unveil the myths of Tsou and pinpoints its significance in the context of tribal development in the history of Taiwan. Following the museum is a series of eight houses named after the eight major clans of Tsou built alongside a large canvass of tea and coffee gardens. These houses host a series of tea shops and craft stores. One of the stores is the workshop of Paicu Tiaki'ana, a creative leather artist who puts the mythical tribal stories and totems on her amazing work of leather art.
The misty fairyland of Alishan is home to top-grade high mountain Oolong tea, Ashitaba leaves and Alishana��s very own Mafeel coffee. Alishana��s specialty products won the Gold Medal for the National Quality Award in the centennial celebration of the nation and named one of the Top 100 Souvenir Products of Taiwan.