Top 10 Tourist Sites to Appreciate Red Maple Leaves in Beijing

20/09/2010
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Not yet enjoyed the spectacular view of Beijing autumn red maple leaves? The autumn in Beijing is the best season to enjoy the sight of red maple leaves.

 The best time to admire the charm of red leaves is from late October to middle of November. Hereunder are the top 10 tourist sites to appreciate the red maple leaves, and you can choose one to enjoy the time with your family or friends.

1. Fragrant Hill

Fragrant Hill

Fragrant Hills Park has the best red maples in Beijing. When autumn arrives, the hill is covered by flaming autumn leaves. Fiery red leaves blanket the entire mountain when autumn arrives. Every year, thousands of visitors come to the park to view the beauty. Additionally, the cable cars are a great way to take in the beautiful scenes.

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2. Hongluo Temple

Hongluo Temple

Hongluo Temple (Red Snail Temple) is the largest Buddhist temple in northern China. The resort consists of three principal attractions: the temple itself, the Hongluo Mountain and the Kwanyin Temple. The area has much to offer the visitors throughout the year, with blossoming flowers in spring, cool temperatures in summer, golden leaves in autumn and snow covered plum blossoms, bamboos and pines in winter.

Location: 4 kilometers from Qingchun Road in the north Huairou District, Beijing
How to Get there?
1. 936 Zhi from Dongzhimenwai to Hongluosi
2. Take a tourist bus from Tiananmen or Xuanwumen to the temple (available on weekends and Chinese legal holidays from April 7 to October 15)

3. Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is the most beautiful section of the Great Wall of China, filled with fragrant flowers in spring, abundantly verdant in summer, charming with red-leafed maple trees in autumn and enchanting covered in pure white snow in winter. Mutianyu is a super location to appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds at Badaling.

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4. Badaling National Forest Park

Badaling National Forest Park

The Badaling Forest Park is next to the Badaling Great Wall, and The red leaves scenic area in Badaling Mountain was opened to the public for the first time in autumn 2006. You’ll fin the mountain covered all over by colorful leaves, and it is also overshadowed by green cypresses and red maples.

The Red Leaves Hill scenic area at the Badaling National Forest Park is 500 m higher above sea level than what’s average for the downtown Beijing area. Moreover, because of the cooling effect provided by the dense forest and the surrounding Great Wall, Red Leaves Hill will be the first place to watch for leaves turning a reddish hue in early autumn.

Location: Yanqing County, over 70 kilometers north of Beijing downtown

5. Beigong National Forest Park

Beigong National Forest Park

Beigong National Forest Park was constructed in October, 2002, located in the Fengtai District, west suburb of Beijing City. 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, Changxindian Town, Fengtai District

6.Diaoyutai Ginkgo Road: visit the artist’s paradise

Diaoyutai Road

Diaoyutai you are familiar with, there is a wall in the Guesthouse tall ginkgo tree planting over the path, the arrival of autumn, the leaves become a golden garden trees. Winds, leaves the fireflies as a small fan, scratched into the whereabouts. At this point with the perspective of the vision looked long path, as if into the autumn paradise. Beijing beauties are often at this time is in here taking pictures, Beijing’s university students have also circulated this is paradise dating argument. Autumn, there are many photography enthusiasts, art lovers in here looking for inspiration, creation.

7. Baiwangshan Forest Park

Baiwangshan Forest Park

Each autumn the mountain of Baiwangshan Forest Park 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; the other is Lanfeng Booth stands on the top of the mountain.

Location: 3 kilometers north of the Summer Palace in Haidian District

8. Mangshan National Forest Park

Mangshan National Forest Park

Mangshan National Forest Park is to the east of the Ming Tomb’s Reservoir, 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.

9. Shangfangshan National Forest Park

Shangfangshan Mountain Forest Park

The Shangfangshan National Forest Park, with an area of 340 hectares (840 acres), is situated in Hancunhe Village, Fangshan District, and about 70 kilometers (44 miles) from Beijing. With its main peak 860 meters (2,820 feet) high, the park is characterized by vast area of woods, nine marvelous karst caves, twelve stupendous peaks, seventy-two ancient temples, and the largest stupa group in North China.

10. Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden in the view without introduce more naturally “looks graceful” Fall to the botanical gardens, in addition you can see red leaves, but also many of the South do not have close contact with fruit such as plum, crabapple, etc., but this time it is when they mature. The first Botanic Gardens in heavy spots are Cherry Vale, valley streams running, the cool and pleasant, Journal of Dalian tactfully. Construction of a wooden plank Botanic Gardens, winding deep valleys, and large in both sides of the plant are a national treasure – Metasequoia glyptostroboides.

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