Home>>>China tour>>>>Special Interest Tour

Autumn Foliage in China

This is the Golden season for many of China's bright spots,Fall is another fantastic season for traveling in China. Cool, Colorful, Harvest-time, Fragrant, Festivals are words especially made to describe Autumn! We would like to introduce to you the  great ideas to experience the best of Fall in China.

Fragrant Hill Autumn Foliage

Beijing Fall Foliage Getaways
Summer's humidity, too-hot temperatures and the summer crowds are gone, and you are going to plan for a fall vacation. Do you pine for the spectacular view of autumn foliage? Beijing is at its best in autumn - brisk, invigorating autumn air. Every year from early October to mid November is the best time to see red leaves covering the mountains. Mountains around Beijing are mainly covered by maple trees and smoke trees. Different varieties of trees change at different times."Peak" color is a bit of a myth, since every person has their own ideas of what "peak" looks like. The leaves on these trees turn red in cold weather due to the loss of chlorophyll and the remaining of anthocyanin. Sudden fall of temperature speeds up the changes. Many experienced foliage viewers know how to plan their leaf-peeping trips. You're likely to catch the best fall foliage sites in Beijing:
Fragrant Hill:

Located in the east part of western hills and 28 kilometers northwest of the Beijing City,  One popular thing to do in Beijng is to go the Fragrant Hills in autumn, when the leaves of the trees on the mountains are a blaze of red and yellow. However, it is so crowded at this time that it is much more enjoyable to go in the off season. When autumn arrives, the scenery on Xiangshan (Fragrance Hill) is marvelous and florid. The green woods of pine and cypress trees are interspersed with some red maple and goldenrain trees and compose a gorgeous landscape.

Hongluo Temple:
Hongluo Temple is the origin of Buddhism in Beijing. Now it is actually a massive site which covers natural landscape and man-made architecture. Among the temple itself and other buddhist areas, it has two scenic spots. The two scenic spots are Hongluo Hill at the back of the Temple and Qinglong Hill to the east. Hongluo Hill, has two peaks about 800 meters high. In autumn, red leaves are all over the hill. At least 10,000 acient pines on Qinglong Hill are over 100 years old. It is one of the important forests in Beijing.

Great Wall

The Great Wall in autumn colour
Mutianyu Great Wall is quite famous for its autumn foliage. Actually other sections of the Great Wall - Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Badaling, Simatai and Jinshanling are also well-known for their autumn views. Mountains around Beijing are mainly covered by maple trees, smoke trees and pine trees. The leaves on these maple trees, smoke trees turn red in cold weather with the summer leaving.

Miyaluo Scenic Area

Miyaluo Scenic Area 263 kilometers away from Chengdu, the Miyaluo scenic spot is o­ne of the biggest areas with red leaves, located in the Lixian County, Aba Prefecture. Miyaluo is famous of its red leaves and autumn is the most beautiful season of it. Every October, Miyaluo is crowded with tourists to enjoys its leaves and beautiful scenery. the Miyaluo scenic area is o­ne of the country's biggest areas known for a seasonal display of striking red leaves.


Fall in Jiuzhaigou - Colorful Fairyland:

Crisp air, blue sky, gorgeous autumn foliage set against snow capped peaks; this is Jiuzhaigou in fall, no doubt the best time to visit to this legendary natural paradise.

Jiuzhaigou is incredibly picturesque particularly in autumn when the mountains, valleys, lakes are shrouded in autumn colors. Fall in Jiuzhaigou means no bugs and fewer people combined with warm days, cool nights, and great vistas of saturated yellows, reds, and green mixed with the blue lake water.

Yellow Mountain

Fall in Yellow Mountain - Yellow Foliage
Yellow Mountain offers autumn visitors a unique canvas with waterfalls, sea of clouds, rocks and oddly-shaped pine trees set against the vibrant reds, oranges and golds. In late autumn, as the weather cools, parts of the mountains begin to develop occasional red splotches mixed with green. The northern section of the area changes faster than the southern side.

Yellow Mountain has a dense coverage of maples trees and plants indigenous to the region. These trees create a stunning landscape against the exposed limestone peaks that scattered around the area.. The maples' radiant red and yellow leaves, in combination with the verdant leaves of pines, spruces set the scenery ablaze


Fall in Turpan - World of Golden Grape

Golden grapes, yellow Hami melon and sweet smell of ripening fruit mark autumn in Turpan Depression, one of the fruit bowls of China in the far northwest of the country. This is the harvest season and the vineyards and the melons fields are a hive of activity

Luntai Huyang poplars

At the southern foot of the Tianshan Mountains, edged on the other side by the forbidding Tarim Basin , lies Xinjiang's desert forest, as oxymoronic as that may seem. The reason life flourishes in such an arid zone is due to the Huyang poplar trees. Luntai is the world's largest preserve of Huyang poplars, 27, 000 hectares' worth, a tree called "most beautiful" in the local Uighur dialect, but that may more accurately be termed "most hardy".

The Huyang poplar withstands windstorms, drought, and alkaline soil, bringing life and shelter to the otherwise barren northern edge of the Tarim Basin. Waterfowl including swans from the silty Tarim river find nesting grounds here, while corsac foxes compete with hawks for the many rabbits burrowing in the poplars' roots.

Mid-October is the ideal time to visit Luntai, when the poplars put on a riotous yellow show of dying leaves. In fact, all the shades towards crimson turn up in the endless sweep of branches, particularly among the red willow and oleaster, but deep yellow prevails, lending the forest an eerily beautiful glow. Those few weeks in October are one of nature's great affirmations that abundance can come from desolation.

Kanas Nature

Kanas Nature Reserve boasts a beautiful natural ecosystem formed by lakes, Some people said the name of Kanas is an enchanting Mongolian name which means "beautiful and mysterious". Since ancient times has been said to be the home of a mysterious beast - a  sort of Loch Ness monster of Xinjiang

Daocheng --- Yading

 Daocheng  Yading, in Sichuan's southwest, is one of China's most inspiring nature reserves, Tibetan's holy land. Its three renowned holy peaks are the patron saint of the Tibetan. It is said that if a Tibetan pilgers to the shrine three times in life, he will be blessed with all he desires. The remote area of Tibetan culture with small towns and landscapes with barley fields and Tibetan houses are a paradise for photographers and trekkers.

Dongchuan Red Soil

Dongchuan Red Soil Dongchuan, a rural place in the Wumeng Mountainous area, about 180km north of Kunming, becomes very famous among Chinese photographers for its red soil.

In the mid 1990s, the first Chinese photographers came to discover the Wumeng's scenery. The first came and scooped award-winning photos, but kept their location a closely guarded secret. But slowly the details leaked and now more and more photographers are making their arduous trip into the arid mountains. The brilliant red soil, the yellow buckwheats and the dramatic skies make the region around Dongchuan a paradise for photographers.

Custom Tailoring: Design your own tour with our help to meet your unique interests, You don't have to compromise, do exactly what you want to do! Let us assist you to tailor-make your own China Experience. Tell us what you need now!

chinauniquetour  is a branch of CITS (China International Travel Service), one of China's largest and oldest travel agencies.Your satisfaction is our priority. All our guides, drivers and vehicles are carefully selected, certified for tourism and fully insured. Our tours have no unscheduled or mandatory shopping stops so you spend your time and money wisely.