Lotus flower and coffee in Tainan

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Michella Jade Weng:
When traveling in Tainan and you see field after field of lotus flowers, you know you've come to Baihe. Today we're going to introduce to you an artist so inspired by these flowers that he has incorporated them into all of his work.

On nearly every canvas of paper, cloth, ceramic cup, pot, bowl, plate and vase, local artist Lin Wen-yue decorates with a lotus.

Lin Wen-yue, Artist:
The lotus flower grows from the thick, dark mud, then breaks through crystal clear water and opens up to the sky. It's a very mysterious feeling. It's as if the secrets of the universe are being shown to you, and done so naturally, too. That is the experience I grew up with.

While you're here, you can give lotus flower painting a try too, and take home more than just a memory, but a sense of beauty from Baihe.

Also worth a visit nearby is Tongshan, famous for its "Coffee Highway." Visitors can stop by for coffee-related cuisine, like espresso laced chicken soup with Chinese herbs, vegetarian sushi with ground coffee beans and fried tofu sprinkled with salt, pepper and coffee powder.

Not hungry? How about a just a nice cup of the addictive beverage then? During the occupation, the Japanese introduced small scale coffee farming in Tungshan. And now, just about each of the 24 cafes' owners along the highway grow and roast their own beans. Aficionados may find the flavors quite interesting, but for some people, watching the sun set over the Chianan Plains is more than enough reason to want to come back again.

白河賞蓮和東山咖啡聞香浪漫之旅

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主持人翁郁容:
在台南旅行時,看到一片片的蓮花田時,就知道,來到白河了!今天我們要為您介紹一位從蓮花得到靈感的藝術家。他的作品,幾乎都有蓮花在裡面。

幾乎每一張畫、每個杯子、茶壺、碗、盤、花瓶,白河藝術家林文嶽都在作品裡畫上蓮花。

藝術家 林文嶽:
蓮花從污濁的泥土裡面,透過清澈的水面,向天空展開,那個感覺是很奧祕的,看的時候就覺得它那麼自然的把宇宙的奧祕展現給你,我從小就從那種經驗裡面生活。

來到這邊,遊客可以試試陶土或在T-shirt上畫蓮花,把來自白河的美感帶回家。

做完蓮花創意DIY,可以到175咖啡公路吃東山創意料理。像是加了杯濃縮咖啡的人參枸杞咖啡雞,或者包著山菜和一點咖啡粉的壽司,還有咖啡鹽酥豆腐丁。

不餓嗎?還是可以來杯那令人無法抗拒的咖啡。日治時代時,日本人在東山開始栽培咖啡,現在當地24家咖啡廳,從種植到烘焙都是自己來,因此能泡出獨一無二的香味,不少咖啡愛好者都覺得很特別。不過對幾乎每個來到這兒的遊客,其實眺望著嘉南平原,喝什麼樣的飲料都還是會令人流連忘返。