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Top destinations in China for autumn photography

Editor′s Note: Autumn is an attractive season for photographers to take dazzling snaps of an array of brilliant colors. Golden and red leaves place beautiful fall foliage on nature′s landscape of green hills, blue skies and clear lakes.

There is no better time to grab that camera and take a tour into nature to appreciate what autumn has to offer.

Ejin Banner (Ejina Qi in Chinese), located in Alxa League, is located in the westernmost part of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Ejin Banner has one of the three extensive Euphrates Poplar tree forests in the world, with a total forest area of 30,000 hectares. In 1992, the Ejin Banner Euphrates Poplar Forest Nature Reserve was established there.

Located north of Heilongjiang Province and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the Greater Khingam Moountains is an oxygen-rich paradise covering a huge forest area of 84,600 square kilometers -- roughly equal to the size of Austria or 137 Singapores. It′s the ideal destination for trekking and exploring, given its colorful landscape -- especially in autumn.   

Every year, from September to October, the immense coverage of seepweed in Yueyawan Wetland Park in Panjin changes color, from luscious green to flaming red to deep purple. A wooden bridge has been constructed, which meanders its way into the heart of the thick red carpet of seepweed, allowing visitors to walk across the scenery and take a closer look for themselves. Boats are also available for a slow sail across this temporary sea of red.

Located in northeastern Inner Mongolia, the Hulunbuir Grasslands are considered the "most unsullied grasslands" in China. Named after the Hulun and Buir lakes, the grasslands feature forests, rivers and lakes. After May, the green grassland is dotted with colorful flowers, birds, and cattle and sheep scattered among the grasses. There are also various local activities, including horseback and camelback riding, horse racing and wrestling.

Situated in the south of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China′s Sichuan Province, Daocheng County is often referred to as "the last pure land in our blue planet." At an average elevation of 3,800 meters, Daocheng is renowned for its magnificent mountains, white glaciers, broad valleys, lush pastures and picturesque lakes. Forests, grasslands and creeks can also be found in the grand valley, fringed by splendid snowcapped mountain peaks. After September, the area goes into colorful autumn, attracting hundreds of visitors to travel and hike there and enjoy some of the quietest and purest natural scenery on Earth.


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