Glen's World Travels 2006 travel blog

Cameron Highland strawberry farms

beautiful Cameronj Highlands Malaysia

you can see the sheltered fruit farms below

farms sold to the people in 1929 by a majestic government

The center of the Highlands is Tanau Rata

The area if famous for BOH tea productions,,tea fields

where the tea pickers live free

the jungles here produce mossy forests

this moss gives foundation for very rare plants

tree is nourished by the moss, see the herbs growing

well you see the altitude is very high and I was getting...

hills look like someone laid carpet down

world famous Scottish tea growers since 1929,

1st leaves are dryed then growned into pulp

after 3 hours fermentation, pulp is sent to be heated 100c

sorting and sifting machines remove the stems and separating grades of tea

local workers then bag the sifted tea for world wide exporting

tea eating pests that look like real leaves,

tea leaf eating butterflies


Following Penang a 4 hour bus trip will take you high into the Mountains which are about 6000 ft above sealevel and which some beleive are the end of the long Himalayan mountains. The climate here is perfect for tea plantations and strawberry farms and a variety of another 142 different fruits. The heart of the Cameron Highlands is a mountain Austria looking town called Tana Rata which is mostly cafes, hotels and souvenir shops. Outside of town you can tour different farms. strawberry farms, rose gardens, tea plantations, snake farms, and butterfly farms. Butterflys are importnt in this area because of the multitude of fruit trees and plants , the flower gardens and tea plantations. Butterflys help polinate and ward off certain pests destructive to the tea leaves and rose plants. So if your growing roses train a few betteflys to hang around.

Anyway the hostel (Davids hostel) set me up with all the tours i needed including a jeep drive to the highest mountain great panoramic views, then a walk in another one of those unique natural habitats in the rain or they call it Jungle but elsewhere it would be called a rain forrest. In Australia I saw three different rain forrests and now here a fourth. It's called a mossy forest where deep rooted and glossy moss grows over the wet ground and all over the tree bark giving moisture all year wound to the trees and floor of the jungle. But the miracle is the appearance of very rare and unique herbal plants, ferns, mushrooms, orchards growning magically out of the moss. If you step on the moss you feel like luxury carpet. There is life under the moss in the form of beatles, frogs, termites, snakes, ants, centipeds. In South America i saw a fifth forrest called a cloud forrest. Here they have a similar forrest but it does not have the reputation as the ones in Equador. By the time I finish this trip I ll be an expert in various types of tropical forrests..ha.But here you have to be very careful as most of the plants are poisonous to humans yet many of them are edible and very good for our systems and have produced ingredients for some of our major medications, such as penicillan .

Another trip included a day tour of rare snakes and beatles and butterflies akin to this part of the world. Very educational and fascinating. One especially deserves mention. It's the leaf bettle. See picture. It looks exactly like a leaf but can cause great damage to the tea and fruit leafs. And finally another tour of a tea planation. I did one in Sri Lanka..the producers of the original trees planted here in 1929. I, told that all tea plants or trees originally came from China and have been slightly altered for the differet climates. But most tea plantations use the steep slopes of hills and mountains so that the rain will drain off and not rot the roots. The picking is also done here by foriegn women from Indonesia who are given housing on the plantation. It is back breaking work. You cant imagine the steepness of the slopes these women have to climb every day to harvest the leaves. Only the top light green leaves are used and regrow every 21 days. Then brought to the factory, dried for one day, then grownd up and left standing for 3 hours to ferment, then heated in high temp furnace, and sent up converyor builts and sifted into 5 categories. The finest sift is the preferred and makes the black tea. If fermented less time it turns orange for the Pekoe tea. The fine dust particles form the worse of the tea yet this is what is put in most tea bags. See photos. The lesson is don't buy tea bags..use tea from a can or box.

I am beginning to hit the raining or monsoon season here in Asia so every day there was a 10 -15 min heavy rain. but I didn't get caught in it.

So now I will continue on to Hat Yai...a border Chinese town with Thailand.

Are you reading this stuff. it is too boring? Do you want different information or its ok like Im doing it? Thanks Glen

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