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Top 8 agritourism destinations in the world

By: Josh Lew on Nov. 8, 2012, 6:09 p.m.
Ba Gua Tea garden in Taiwan

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Lush, rugged Taiwan has numerous “leisure farms” that offer tours of farm fields and facilities and, of course, plenty of chances to sample the crops. A couple of things make Taiwan an ideal spot for an in-depth agritourism vacation. Many smaller farms offer home-stay accommodations, as opposed to hotel-like rooms. In addition, the food served and sold is grown locally, so green-minded travelers can easily support sustainable agriculture and lower their carbon footprint while traveling. Tea-lovers can embark on a specialized agricultural tour by focusing on the island's tea plantations, where some of the world's most prized leaves are cultivated.