Strawberries flavor up Beijing town

The "No. 1 central document" for 2023, the first policy statement released by the central authorities each year, has outlined the roadmap for further advancing rural revitalization. It strengthens the science-based approach as an important support for modern agriculture and bolsters high-quality rural industries. 

The town of Xiaotangshan in Beijing is not only famous for its hot spring vacation resorts but also boasts modern strawberry planting bases. With its scientific breeding methods supported by local technicians, picking your own strawberries in Xiaotangshan has become a must-do activity for people in and around Beijing. 

Xiaotangshan is located in the eastern part of Beijing's Changping district. The town covers an area of over 70 square kilometers, with three communities and 24 villages under its jurisdiction. The town enjoys natural advantages for strawberry planting since 40 degrees north latitude is considered the best production zone for growing the fruit, and Changping district is located precisely on this latitude. In addition, the water in the Xiaotangshan area contains strontium, lithium, selenium, metasilicate, and other minerals important for human physiological functions. This is the reason why strawberries and vegetables grown in the area have a delicious taste that is unique to this suburb of Beijing. In addition, in order to ensure flavor and nutritional content, most strawberries here are organically grown. 

As one of the first towns in China to be selected as a "characteristic town" in 2016, Xiaotangshan is rich in hot spring resources and boasts a history of visits by members of the imperial household, which attracts flocks of tourists every year. With four main traffic arteries forming a mature and complete road network, nine rivers passing through the area, together with forest resources such as national-level northern nursery stock bases and Jingcheng Expressway green belts, the town has the ideal conditions to develop strawberry production. 


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