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Places for savoring sweet-sour summer in Jinan

In addition to its cool springs, the colorful and tasty fruit is always popular with folks in the hot summer. So, let's have a look at the fruit-picking gardens that are well worth a visit in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province.

Jinan Modern Forestry Demonstration Park

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The tiny raspberries hanging on the vines in Jinan Modern Forestry Demonstration Park resemble small balls of precious coral beads. Devouring fresh raspberries, with their sour and sweet flavor and high nutrition in the hot summer, brings instant, delectable relief from the heat.

There is also a large area of grapes being cultivated in the park, which will be ripe in early August.

In addition to fruit picking, visitors can have a go at, the park has a lotus pond with lush green leaves that cover the entire surface of the water.

Moli Orchard

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Moli Orchard is located about 1,000 meters south of the memorial archway in Zhujiayu village in Jinan's Zhangqiu district.

Covering over 2 hectares, it's home to more than a dozen varieties of peach. Every year, visitors can pick fresh peaches from mid-late May to October. The peaches in Moli Orchard are organically grown and are perfectly protected.

Fujia Farm

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The dragon fruit planting greenhouse in Fujia Farm is like an aloe garden or a cactus garden, in which the thorns are distributed around the vines.

The dragon fruits grown by Fujia Farm are not big, but have a high sugar level and a great taste. Rich in anthocyanins and amino acids, they are very popular in the markets.

There are many varieties of fruit in Fujia Farm, which allows visitors to pick different kinds in different seasons. At the moment, the blueberries and grapes are available.

Matao Jiangjun Mountain Tea Garden

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Matao village – administered by Jinan's Changqing district – is a beautiful mountain village with a pristine environment. By virtue of its special local conditions, the Matao Jiangjun Mountain Tea Garden adapts its cultivation to the different seasons to produce organic tea. There's also a kid's amusement park, allowing them to have fun in the sun.

Volpusi Tomato Cultural Park

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The tomatoes grown in Volpusi Tomato Cultural Park yield a healthy crop that comes in various sizes, colors, varieties and tastes. In addition to tomatoes, visitors can also pick seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Occupying 26.7 hectares, the park also boasts children's amusement facilities and has free parking, making it a perfect venue for families, couples and friends.

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