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Visual Feast of Red Leaves in Beijing

  Red Leaves in Fragrant Hills Park
The autumn in Beijing is the best season to enjoy the sight of red leaves. And the best time to admire the charm of red leaves is from late October to middle of November. We will introduce some places to you and you can choose one to enjoy the time with your friends.

Fragrant Hills
The Fragrant Hills Park (xiāng shān 香山) is located 20 kilometers northwest of Beijing and not far from the Summer Palace (yí hé yuán 颐和园). The name of the park derives not from the fresh air or aroma in the area. There is no doubt that the Fragrant Hill is the first choice for you in the red leaves’ season. It has won the fame all over the world with its maple leaves. There are many historical relics on the hill which are beautified by maples while the maples are highlighted by those historic sites.

Red Leaves in Baiwangshan Forest ParkLocation:
20 kilometers northwest of Beijing
Admission fee: RMB 10
Opening hours: 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Transportation: you can take bus No. 318, 331, 360, 634, 714 and 698 to get there
1. It’s better go there during Monday to Thursday, because there will be a lot of people on weekends.
2. it’s better to go there by bus or subway, it will be more convenient.
3. it’s better to go along the main road in the Fragrant Hills Park, not go through the path in the forest.
4. Tourists can take cable car to enjoy the scene of red leaves, which will save your time and energy, and you can have an overview of the maples on the hill.

Baiwangshan Forest Park
Situated three kilometers north of the Summer Palace in Hai Dian District (hǎi diàn qū 海淀区), Bai Wang Shan Forest Park (bǎi wàng shān sēn lín gōng yuán 百望山森林公园) is the nearest forest parkland to Beijing. Covering an area of 167 hectares, the park is covered by arbors and shrubs, and has clean fresh air.

Red Leaves in Baiwangshan Forest ParkEach autumn the mountain is beautifully decorated with splendid red foliage. The common smoke tree is the main species, while the intoxicating red leaves on the torch trees resemble countless burning torches on the mountain. Here, the autumnal shades are special for several reasons. The park has a great variety of trees, including a large quantity of mature maples. Besides, the geographical location of the park offers a superb habitat for these trees. Each year in October, Baiwangshan holds Red-Leave Festival during which period nearly up to a thousand red leaves seem to compete with each other, bright and intoxicating. Two best locations to appreciate red leaves in Baiwangshan: one is a Youyi Booth (yǒu yì tíng 友谊亭); the other is Lanfeng Booth (lǎn fēng tíng 揽枫亭) stands on the top of the mountain.

Location: 3 kilometers north of the Summer Palace in Haidian District
Admission fee: RMB 6
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Transportation: Take bus 330, 716, 718, 752, 909, 968 or 112 which can directly lead to there.
For more information: Baiwangshan Forest Park

Beigong National Forest Park
Red Leaves in Beigong National Forest ParkBeigong National Forest Park (běi gōng guó jiā sēn lín gōng yuán 北宫国家森林公园) was constructed in October, 2002, located in the Fengtai District (fēng tái qū 丰台区), west suburb of Beijing City (běi jīng shì 北京市). It covers an area of 9.145 square kilometers. And it is the biggest park whih is closest to the city center. There is the largest colorful foliage forest which covers an area of more than 4000 mu, including the red maple trees, yellow ginkgos and metasequoias, purple Prunus cerasiferas and green oriental arborvitaes. It is beautiful and will never let you down.

Location: Dahuichang Village (dà huī chǎng cūn 大灰厂村), Changxindian Town (cháng xīn diàn zhèn 长辛店镇), Fengtai District
Admission fee: RMB 10 (Aril 1– November 30)
Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (April 1 to November 30)
Transportation: you can take bus No. 937-3 and 385 to get there
For more information: Beigong National Forest Park

Beijing Botanical Garden
Red Leaves in Beijing Botanical GardenBeijing Botanical Garden (běi jīng zhí wù yuán 北京植物园), lying in the foot of the West Hill of Beijing, has by tradition been engaged in the conservation of the native flora, especially plants from northern, northeastern and northwestern China. Because of the large quantities of plants in the garden, there are various colors of the foliage. Red leaves on maple trees, persimmon trees and yellow foliages on ginkgo and red ashes will bring you to a colorful world.
The best place for you to appreciate the leaves is the Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall (cáo xuě qín jì niàn guǎn 曹雪芹纪念馆), Xuanqiu Garden (xuàn qiū yuàn  绚秋苑) and Cherry Valley (yīng táo gōu  樱桃沟).

Location: Wofosi Road, Xiangshan, Haidian District
Admission fee: RMB 10
Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Transportation: you can take bus No. 714, 360, 698, 331, 634, 505 to get there
For more information: Beijing Botanical Garden

Hongluo Mountain
Red Leaves on Hongluo MountainLocated 5 kilometers north of the Huairou District (huái róu qū 怀柔区), Hongluo Mountain (hóng luó shān 红螺山) is 814 meters high, with numerous kinds of trees planted there, covering the area of more than 4000 mu. In late autumn, the red leaves are all over the mountains and plains, with yellow red ash and green pines dotted among them.

Location: 4 kilometers north of Huairou District
Admission fee: free
Opening hours: all day long
Red Leaves in Badaling National Forest ParkTransportation: you can take bus No. 916 or 936 at the Dongzhimen Station and then take the minibus to get there

Badaling National Forest Park
The red foliage scenic spot of the Badaling National Forest Park (bā dá lǐng guó jiā sēn lín gōng yuán 八达岭国家森林公园) is on the two sides of Badaling Great Wall (bā dá lǐng zhǎng chéng 八达岭长城), covering the area of 65 hectares. There are more than 50 thousand common smoke trees. With the relic of Great Wall, Badaling National Forest Park is the most historical site for appreciating the red leaves.

Location: Badaling Forest Farm (bā dá lǐng lín chǎng 八达岭林场)
Admission fee: RMB 25
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Transportation: you can take the special line 919 to get there directly

Mangshan National Forest Park
Mangshan National Forest Park (mǎng shān guó jiā sēn lín gōng yuán 蟒山国家森林公园) is to the east of the Ming Tomb’s Reservoir (shí sān líng shuǐ kù 十三陵水库), 35 kilometers from the center of Beijing City. There is nearly 86 square kilometers forest within the park. The forest coverage is up to 86.5%, which is the largest in Beijing. Every autumn, there is a Red Leave Festival lasting from October to late November.
Red Leaves in Mangshan National Forest Park

Location: east of the Ming Tomb’s Reservoir, Changping District (chāng píng qū 昌平区)
Admission fee: RMB 20
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Transportation: you can take bus No. 845, 912 to get there directly, or take No. 345 to get off at the terminal stop and then take No. 6 or 912 to get there.

Besides these parks and gardens, there are many other places for you to appreciate the red leaves. For example, Miyun Reservoir (mì yún shuǐ kù 密云水库) in Miyun County (mì yún xiàn 密云县), Pinggu Reservoir (píng gǔ shuǐ kù 平谷水库) and Jinhai Lake (jīn hǎi hú 金海湖) in Pinggu County (píng gǔ xiàn 平谷县), and Miaofeng Mountain (miào fēng shān 妙峰山) in Mentougou District (mén tóu gōu qū 门头沟区), etc.


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