ChooArt Villa (樹也), located in MiaoLi County, Taiwan, is the Gold Winner of the 2017 FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Environmental (Rehabilitation/Conservation) Award. As specified via its website, FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation founded in 1945, provides access and opportunity for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other.

During a 12-year period, ChooArt Villa’s architecture team designed and constructed the villa’s four main buildings on the hillside without demolishing the surrounding vegetation. Not only was environmental destruction avoided, future preservation was also considered most diligently; all man-erected structures were positioned in such manner that they would not deter the growth of tree seedlings or alter the natural habitat of living beings.

ChooArt Villa’s proprietor is also the founder of Zealong Tea Estate, which introduced tea production to New Zealand. What a surprise to come across a 2011 T Ching post entitled Zealong Morning that shared a detailed review of Zealong Dark. At ChooArt Villa, exquisite tea cuisine is prepared using exclusively Zealong teas imported from New Zealand, when high-quality oolong teas are most readily available at the island’s local markets.

ChooArt Villa offers a distant, stunning view of LongTeng Bridge, permanently damaged by an earthquake in 1935. Years ago I visited the magnificent site. What struck me even more during that trip were the immense fields of betel nut palm, also known as areca palm, that lined both sides of the highways. Only after watching the ChooArt promo video did I learn that those plantations could be detrimental to the environment.

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