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Summer's treat! Where to pick litchi in Dongguan
http://www.dongguantoday.com    6/23/2009 9:05:00 AM

Summer's treat! Litchi.

It's summer again. People know it is the time to enjoy litchi, the most recommended fruit of Guangdong. However, buying litchi in supermarkets is a fairly ordinary experience now. There is a more exciting way to enjoy the summer treat - pick and pay from litchi trees and eat them until you are absolutely stuffed.

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Regency Hotel is a 5-star hotel in Songshan Lake Science & Technology Park, and has a litchi farm measuring 10 thousand sq. meters. The hotel has recently set up a taste of - litchi service. Guests pay 1200 yuan, one night accommodation is included, two-hour bike-traveling around Songshan Lake, meals to the value of 200 yuan and an opportunity to pick and eat litchi in the hotel's litchi farm.

If you are already the hotel's guests you are able to pay a mere 80 yuan; so get your stomach ready for a feast of this delicious fruit.

Songshan Lake Litchi Farm

The beautiful scenery of Songshan Lake

Dongguan Youth Travel has recently set up a tourist line to Songshan Lake Litchi Farm. Guests will pay 49 yuan and ready theirselves for the beautiful scenery around Songshan Lake, and more importantly for the summer's treat- litchi! The tourist line is available everyday in this summer. You can contact the travel agency on 400-886-0769, but have an interpreter on hand as the service is Chinese language only.

Alternatively you can go to the litchi farm by yourself or with your friends and family. The cost is 40 yuan per person. (By Zhou Mingfeng)

Tips of selecting:

When buying lychee, pay attention to the connective base of the fruit. If there're small holes on it, it's probably bad and unhealthy.

Tips of keeping them freshly:

● Wrap the lychees up with newspapers, put them into ziplocks, and then store into a refrigerator. It works for about one week.

● For short-term storage, you can first cut off the long branches, and then put the fruit into plastic bags, making sure the package is well sealed.
You can even store in water the plastic bag with the fruit inside. After a few days, the fruit is still fresh in smell, color and taste. (By Sophia Li/lifeofguangzhou.com)

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Source:www.dgtoday.com.cn  Editor: Shane Michael
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