No.310, Tieshan Rd., Puli Township, Nantou County 545, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
The Four Great Inventions are the four most important inventions in the history of China as symbols of ancient China's advanced science and technology, including papermaking, printing, gunpowder and compass. The historical significance of papermaking is especially important for spreading knowledge. Water is an essential element in the production of paper, and the high quality spring water from Ailan Plateau (愛蘭台地) makes the Puli Township of Nantou the “hometown of handmade paper.”
Built in 1969, the historic Guangxing Paper Mill, the one and only manufacturer in Taiwan that still produces completely handmade paper, continues to impress by making innovative paper with local flavor. The traditional papermaking industry might often be overlooked, but this tourism factory will help the general public better understand its history and development. Regular tours led by local guides are available at Guangxing Paper Mill, which will be a unique way to peek into the past of this scenic little town in central Taiwan. Through a series of hands-on activities, visitors will even have a chance to experience how to make paper and hand fans themselves.
If you have never heard of edible papers, try some at Guangxing Paper Mill. These edible papers are made from flowers, fruits and vegetables such as pomelo, rose, scallion, water bamboo, basil, perilla, pineapple and many more! They are incredibly healthy and high in fiber, so why not?