Where to pick strawberries in Bao’an, Shenzhen

When winter comes, scrumptious strawberries ripen in Guangdong. Now until April is the best time to pick strawberries. So let’s spend our weekends picking strawberries with family and friends!

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Shenzhen Phoenix Mountain Strawberry Park (凤凰山草莓园)

Shenzhen Phoenix Mountain has been named the most-preferred scenic mountain in Bao’an District by leisure hikers, and there are many strawberry parks nearby. The sour and sweet strawberries there are the same variety as those most commonly found in supermarkets.

Reference price: 30 yuan/500g

Add: Beside Phoenix Mountain Forest Park, Fuyong, Bao’an District (宝安区福永凤凰山森林公园广场旁)

Buses: Take bus B711, B854, or M433 to Phoenix Mountain Intersection Station.

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Green Mountain and River Ecological Strawberry Garden (青山绿水生态草莓园)

This strawberry garden is a stone’s throw away from Phoenix Mountain. The strawberries here are relatively small, but absolutely natural.

Reference price: 30 yuan/500g

Add: Next to the Qili Reservoir, Phoenix Mountain Forest Park, Fuyong, Bao’an District (宝安区福永凤凰山森林公园七沥水库旁)

Buses: Take bus 727 to Second Phoenix Industrial Zone Station, M433 to Phoenix Mountain Intersection Station, or M334 to the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Forest Park Station.

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Strawberry Garden of the Shenzhen Wetlands Resort (海上田园生态农场草莓园)

The Shenzhen Wetlands Resort is located in Shajing Subdistrict. Visitors go there to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the sight of fields of green grass and clear water. The pristine growing environment makes certain that the strawberries grown there are very tasty. The strawberries are ripe for the picking, so it is highly recommended for adding memorable moments to your day trip.

Reference price: 30 yuan/500g

Add: Inside Shenzhen Wetlands Resort, Shajing Subdistrict, Bao’an District (宝安区沙井海上田园内)

Metro: Line 11, Shajing Station (沙井站), Exit A and then take a taxi

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Dr. Cai’s Strawberry Garden (菜博士农场草莓园)

Dr. Cai’s Strawberry Garden is quite popular, attracting many tourists during the peak season. It’s easy to find a parking place at the spacious farm.

Reference price: 30 yuan/500g

Add: Yanshan Boulevard, Songgang, Bao’an District (宝安区松岗燕山大道)

Buses: Take bus B77 to Jialongda Science Park Station.

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Mr. Huang’s Ecological Strawberry Garden (老黄生态草莓园)

This strawberry garden is big and encapsulated in all-natural surroundings, and is rarely visited because of its remote location. The strawberries there are red, sweet and tasty.

Reference price: 30 yuan/500g

Add: Inside Shiwei Village, Gongming, Bao’an District (宝安区公明镇石围村内)

Buses: Take bus 325 to Dongkeng Station or bus M238 to Lianfangdui Station.

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Yuanxing Strawberry Garden (源兴草莓园)

Yuanxing Strawberry Garden and Grape Garden are connected. The growing lots are bountiful and many of the garden’s banners can be seen from the roadside. There are three kinds of strawberries, namely the ordinary strawberry, creamy strawberry and red strawberry. All these varieties taste great and you’ll be free to pick on your own.

Reference price: 30 yuan/500g (ordinary strawberry), 48 yuan/500g (red strawberry)

Add: Inside Renda Villa, Shiyan, Bao’an District (宝安区石岩镇任达山庄内)

Buses: Take bus M472 to Liyuan Villa Station or M257 to Renda Villa Station

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How to select strawberries

1. Appearance: Strawberries that are too big or weirdly shaped are not recommended.

2. Color: Try to find red, fresh and glossy strawberries.

3. Smell: Naturally ripe strawberries have a strong aroma while dyed ones have no aroma.

4. Strawberry seeds: The seeds on the surface of strawberries should be golden yellow. If they are red, the strawberry is likely artificially dyed.

5. Surface: Strawberries with green leaves, fine hairs and a glossy surface are suitable for eating.

How to pick strawberries

When picking a strawberry, hold it gently and cut it off at the stem. Some strawberry gardens will provide visitors with scissors to use.

How to wash strawberries

There are some impurities on strawberries that must be cleaned off before eating.

The correct cleaning method is to put them in brine for five minutes and then wash them with clean water.

(Shenzhen Daily)

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