Taipei Series: Strawberry Season

The first and last time I went strawberry picking was more than 10 years ago (14, to be exact). I was in sixth grade when we brought Auntie Emi to Baguio during her annual vacation to the Philippines. Auntie Emi is my aunt based in the US who stays with us every time she's back home. I can barely recall how the place looked like, but I'm certain we went to a large field carrying baskets.

Last Saturday I sort of re-lived that experience here in Taipei. The months of December to early March is strawberry season, and most convenience stores would have shelves specifically assigned for strawberry-flavored items (yes- even strawberry milk tea). Taiwan gets really cold during the dead of winter and cools down a bit in spring, making it ideal for  growing strawberries.


The place we went to was quite reminiscent of Baguio because of the winding roads, but still accessible via MRT. We got off at Neihu Station and took a shuttle bus. We told the driver we're going to the strawberry farms, like most passengers. The farms have been in Taipei for quite awhile but it was my first time to visit over the weekend. We chose a random farm and asked for scissors and baskets. The farm we went to did not charge us any entrance fee, but there were some who asks a consumable amount of NT$100 per person. I think they deduct this to the total price of your strawberries. After picking, the owners will weigh the baskets and tell you the amount you need to pay. Ours cost a little over NT$100. These are my friends Hana and Kristine in the photo. Us girls had a fun time choosing the most perfectly-red strawberries to go in our baskets.


The area also had several other attractions. We walked a bit further to reach the Double Heart Lake and the Bishan Suspension Bridge. The place is so photogenic, I would recommend tourists to go explore this part of Taipei. The only difficulty we encountered was going back to the MRT station. The shuttle bus gets packed upon reaching the last stop and waiting time for the next shuttle would take around 20-30 minutes. We were so close to giving up and started hiking down to the station, but God works in mysterious ways! A taxi with passengers on board passed by, and Kristine was quick enough to gesture to the driver, telling him to come pick us up after dropping the passengers. I don't know how Kristine gestured, but Hana and I were in disbelief. We said the driver won't come and we better go, but after 5 minutes, here comes Mr. Driver. He saved us from what could have been a difficult 30-minute hike. Now that's believing in the goodness of humanity. We owe you one, Kristine!


Hope you're all having a great week! I shall now go and dunk these strawberry babies in condensed milk.

13 comments

Mrs. Panda said...

the pictures are incredibly lovely! :)

Jacqueline Uy said...

Thank you Mrs Panda :)

Milet Miranda said...

I remember it was also more than a decade ago when I first and last experienced strawberry picking in Baguio! If I am not mistaken I paid extra for it. I had a great time back then because it’s not every day that I see strawberry plants :) Thanks for sharing this tourist destination in Taipei. I might go there if I'm lucky to score a cheap airfare :)

Jacqueline Uy said...

@Milet
Do let me know if ever you plan on visiting! :)

Niko Batallones said...

Condensed milk? I don't think I've ever tried that. Haha.

Miss `Chievous said...

The Double Heart lake is pure love! I miss strawberries. Di na maganda yung sa supermarket minsan kasi. Huhu.

Rea Alducente said...

Aww, so jealous! I haven't been to a strawberry field or farm. Not even in Baguio! Strawberry milktea sounds like a great idea! Yum.

Love Love ♥ said...

Hi Sis,

Would you recommend going to Taiwan? Someone told me that there's only few things you can check out in the place. I'm not sure if it's worth it.

Thanks for visiting my curiousweekends. :)

Leah

Jacqueline said...

Hi, Leah! Thanks for dropping by! Taiwan is very small but gifted with many beautiful islets and places you can explore. You can go from north to south- Taipei, Hualien, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung just to name a few. If you intend to visit Taipei, I have a sample itinerary I prepared for a couple of friends. I can send it to you if you wanna check :)

SuperLux said...

I miss doing this. Last time I went strawberry picking was three years ago with my friends.

Hope you have a great week ahead. Glad to see you back!

Katherine de la Cruz said...

Interesting place. I thought it was Baguio at first. Does the word Bishan mean anything in Chinese? I live near a place called Bishan too.

Neri Ann said...

I remembered when I was in Malaysia, they also have a place for strawberries its in cameron highlands. May ganitong taniman din sila mas malaki nga lang to.

--

nhengswonderland.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Uy said...

Thank you for your comments! :)

@Katherine de la Cruz
I think Bishan is a name of a place lang.