Autumn awesomeness: The best spots for viewing fall foliage in Beijing

No one doubts that autumn is Beijing's best season. The leaves turn beautiful shades of orange and red and the autumn air is fresh (relatively speaking) with a subtle crispness, hinting at the fast approach of the winter season. If you're looking to get out and enjoy the breath-taking fall foliage, think twice about going to everyone's go-to scenic area Fragant Hills (Xiangshan), unless you want to be staring at head-backs and butts all day. Take the road less travelled and try these five equally scenic options instead!

 

1. Badaling National Forest Park

 

 

Unlike other local leaf havens, Badaling National Forest puts you in the leaves you came to see, letting you walk amongst the trees instead of forcing you to view them on a mountainside or from a distance. Enjoy point-blank leaf-viewing action with bonus background views of the nearby Great Wall. Take a tip from pro-leaf watchers and go before the first week in November for the ripest color palette.

 

Where: Badaling Forest, Yanqing County, Beijing

北京市延庆县八达岭林场 , 八达岭国家森林公园

Tel: 010 8118 1458

Price: 25 RMB

Opening hours: 08:00-17:00

Website: http://www.bdlfp.com

Getting there: take the Badaling bus No. 877 from Deshengmen, get off at the last stop and walk 15 minutes, or take bus No. 919 to Badaling ( 八达岭站 ) and walk about 30 minutes to the leaf-viewing park ( 公园红叶岭景区 ).

 


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