Every May, people in Qingdao head out to Beizhai to pick and eat cherries. Beizhai is a Laoshan village area close to both the Ocean University of China’s Laoshan campus and the site of the 2014 International Horticultural Exposition in a fertile valley along Bin Hai Expressway.There are countless cherry trees around Beizhai, most of them cultivated by local farmers who offer the chance to enter their orchards to pick and eat as much as you can stomach for a set fee. Many local offices of Chinese companies arrange a group outing to Laoshan at the end of May to sample the fruit. Smaller groups are welcome and holiday makers are numerous.
Local farmers offer the chance to enter their orchards to pick and eat as much as you can stomach for a set fee.
On May 21, 2011, the Qingdao Hash House Harriers are going cherry picking – join them Saturday at 2 pm in front of the Crowne Plaza to head out to Laoshan. To join a private group setting out at 9 am on May 22 organized via Douban, call Xiao Lei at 139.6393.9309. This outing costs 60 kuai including car fare and cherry picking. Lunch is a bring your own picnic in the hills in Beizhai. Another option for tours at Shui, call 8787.0761 for more info. Or just head out to Beizhai and try your luck in the hills around the Bin Hai Expressway leading to Bei Jiu Shui.
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