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10 Fascinating Facts about China

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
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Before we talk about some little-known facts about China, I’d like to thank Tour Beijing for giving me the opportunity to guest post on this great site. For the tech-minded like me, I recommend checking out the page on electricity in China, to get one step closer to your dream destination with your favorite conveniences!

Today, China is known for having one of the fastest growing economies in the world. New skyscrapers seem to be popping up every day. However, China also is home to some of the oldest written records in history. The history and culture of China is incredibly unique and enticing. It would take a lifetime to learn all there is to know about China, but here are 10 facts about China you may have never heard!

1.    4th largest country in the world

In square footage, China is the fourth largest country in the world, after the United States, Canada and Russia. Even though China is the 4th largest, it has the highest population in the world. According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2014 the population reached a number of 1,355,692,576.

2.    Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN will make it appear as if you are accessing the internet from a different location, allowing users to access these sites. Bonus fact: With a VPN, you can also watch Netflix in your traveling down-time, and protect yourself from security threats and hackers. For more information, you can also check out this article about watching Netflix overseas.

3.    Toilet Paper was invented in China

Can you imagine a world without toilet paper? I prefer not to. This simple invention is something we often take for granted. But, if it was not for the ancient Chinese in A.D. 851, this necessity may never have been invented.

4.    Red symbolizes happiness in China

If you’ve ever celebrated Chinese New Year you may have noticed that the color red can be found everywhere during this time. This is because red traditionally symbolizes happiness, good fortune and joy. This is also why red is banned at Chinese funerals.

5.    Fortune Cookies are not a Chinese custom

Although fortune cookies have been associated with China for decades, they actually were not invented there. Although there has been some debate on the true start of the fortune cookie, most think it was invented in San Francisco, California by a Japanese immigrant.
6.    There is only one time zone in china

China is the 4th largest country in the world, and geographically spans over 5 time zones. All 5 time zones were in use during the Republic of China from 1912 to 1949, but since then China has decided to use just one standard time. Of course, this creates some problems in parts of China, particularly Xinjiang where you may have sunsets at midnight, and sunrises at 10AM.

7.    Ping Pong is China’s National Sport

Some may not even consider ping pong a sport, but after watching the intense ping pong matches in China you may change your mind. China completely dominates when it comes to ping pong champions. In the last three Olympics, China has won every gold medal in ping pong, and the top 5 ping pong players in the world are all Chinese.

8.    Tea was discovered in China

Tea has been used and consumed for thousands of years in China. It was often utilized as medicine when it was first used in the 10th century BC. Since then, the customs and use of tea has flourished and evolved. There is an entire culture and art that surrounds Chinese tea. There are certain ways to grow, brew, serve and drink tea.

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9.    China is home to the world’s largest canal

The Grand Canal, starting in Beijing, is the longest in the world at 1,115 miles. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only the world’s longest, but also oldest canal.

10.   Shanghai is home to a Chopstick Museum

This museum is quite small, but it is home to 2,000 pairs of chopsticks that date back to the Tang Dynasty. Lan Xiang, the owner of this museum, has travelled all over to create his extensive museum. However, this is not the only unique museum you can find here. Shanghai, China is also home to a calligraphy and typewriter museum as well.

Bio: Hi, my name is Jess Signet. My parents were travelers since before I was born. Even in the womb, I was able to travel all over the place! Boy, did things NOT change as I grew older!
Knowing there’s more to the world than the bubble I live in made me want to travel even further. Traveling is my drug and I’m addicted. (Please, no intervention!)

Top Places to Visit in China during Winter

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Plan your China tour in winter? China has a continental and seasonal climate. Southern areas are in the tropical or subtropical zone while northern areas are in the frigid zone. Climates in different areas are complicated. Every season here has its charms and pitfalls!

Generally, the coldest months in China are December, January and February for the winter season. Winter can be incredibly cold especially in the north, but  the southern China in winter is not that cold.

Basically there are three types of winter travelers coming to China. First, those who are in “hot” areas welcome the cold and snowing days; second, “snowbirds” or visitors who like warmer areas when winter comes;  Third, “migrant birds” or travelers who pass by China on theirs way to even warmer or colder areas.

Two factors make winter travel in China still attractive. First, lower rates for international and domestic  flights,  hotel rooms, entrance fees, but apart some exceptions such as traveling China at some special occasions like Chinese spring festival and some  destinations like Sanya in a warmer region in winter.

The second factor is that  people have long weekends and a number of holidays during the months of December, January, and February, Christmas and New Year’s and so on.

We are going to list some top places to visit in China in winter in three categories –  places for travelers from hot areas; places for snowbirds and places for migrant birds.

Harbin Ice and Snow World

Harbin Ice and Snow World

1. China’s Top Winter Destinations  for Travelers from “Hot Areas”
People from some ” hot areas” such as Southeast Asian countries like Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia and the list could be much longer, prefer to visit some cold areas in China, in a hope to feel the cold and touch the snow.  Below is a list of the top destinations and activities for travelers from the hot areas.

1) Harbin and its Ice and Snow Activities
As the coldest city in the most northern China, Harbin’s coldest months fall on late December through early March. Late November through the whole January is the snowing season and January is the coldest month with the average temperature at -25 ℃.  Harbin’s winter is dry, cold and long coupled with a longer period of snow covering.

Winter is the best season to visit Harbin with the main draws seeing and touching the snow, and January and February are ice and snow festivals in Harbin.  More reasons to visit Harbin, skiing, exploring the Northern China Tigers,  getting close to penguins, local cuisine tasting and more.  Check out Top Things to Do in Harbin in Winter.

2) Xuexiang ( Snow Town )
Xuexiang ( Snow Village) is located 197km east of Mudanjang City.  Actually Xuexiang ( Snow Village ) is not an official name and its formal name is Shuangfeng Forest Farm (双峰林场) in Changting Township (长汀镇) at Hailin City (海林市), Heilongjian Province. The forest farm is  under the administration of Dahailin Forestry Bureau (大海林林业局).

Xuexiang ( Snow Village ) boasts the longest 7-month period of snowing in China. The snow in Xuexiang is very sticky, one of the best snows in China, nicknamed “China Snow Village”.  Xuexiang ( Snow Village ) is the training base for the National Skiing Team and August First Army Team as well. Many excellent skiers of national and world level come from this train base.

Beside skiing at Xuexiang Ski Resort,  Xuexiang Village also offers a wide range of snow activities such as alpine sleigh rides, horse driven sledges,  snow carved city, snow maize, snow bar, snow photography and so on. If you are lucky,  you can happen to watch the skiing performances by the August First Army Skiing Team

3)  Yabuli Ski Resort
Yabuli Ski Resort is the official name given to the biggest ski resort in China (Chinese: My Trip to Yabuli Ski Resort) lying about 230km to the south-east of Harbin city and 130km to the west of Mudanjiang city.

Actually Yabuli Ski Resort is composed of three major ski resorts big or small with over 10 hotels ranging from basic guesthouse to luxury hotels. The three most well known ski grounds in Yabuli Ski Resort – Sun Mountain Ski Resort (Melco Ski Resort), Yabuli Ski Resort (same name as the official one for the whole area) and Avaunce (Yabuli) Ski Resort. Each ski resort has its own accommodation choices.  Check out Yabuli Ski Resort for more information.

4) Wanlong Ski Resort
Wanlong Ski Resort is located at Honghualiang, 12km east of Chongli County in Zhangjiakou City, about 260km northwest of Beijing. Normally you have two options of going from Bejing to Wanlong Ski Resort – either by driving along Jingzhang Expressway and directly getting to Wanlong or first taking a fast train from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, then connecting a local van or bus from Zhangjiakou to Wanlong Ski Resort.

The Beijing – Wanlong Resort drive takes about 3 hours if there is no traffic jam, no foggy day or no roads blocked due to heavy snow. Taking a fast train from Beijing to Zhangjiakou is a good standby if Jingzhang Expressway is difficult to drive due to the traffic congestion provided that you should prearrange your transport from Zhangjiakou to Wanlong Ski Rrsort. Check out Wanlong Ski Resort for more information.

5) Travel Beijing in Winter
Beijing winter lasts four months from Nov 15 to next year’s March 15. In Beijing, central heating system is provided to warm the people’s house and working place usually starting Nov.15 till March 15 next year. Averages temperatures (Celsius) in Beijing range between -5 and 5 degrees celsius according to the annual Beijing Climate.

Despite the short days and dreary weather, Beijingers have plenty of reasons to go outdoors this time of year. For ice-skating, you don’t have to go very far. Beijing has many parks, most of which have huge expanses of lake surface on which to skate. You are advised to skate on the lakes endorsed by the authorities.

These official ice rinks include Sichaihai lakes, Zhongshan Park, Zizhuyuan Park and No Name Lake at Peking University etc. Most of them will charge a fee for entry onto the ice. They are only opened when the weather to be cold enough and the ice thick enough, usually between late December and February.  Check out How to Visit Beijing in Winter for more information.

2. China’s Top Winter Destinations  for Travelers from “Cold Areas”
Snowbirds, or travelers from “cold areas”  like European countries, when planning their China’s winter tour, they would like to visit some hot areas to bask in sunshine.  We list some warmer places in China in winter for you to plan your winter trip to China.

Beaches in Sanya

Beaches in Sanya

1) Sanya
Sanya is a city in southern Hainan province of China. Covering an area of 1920 square kilometers with 209 kilometers long coastline, Sanya has many natural advantages.

Sanya has bright sunshine, blue water and wide beaches. It attracts many international travelers as can be seen by the many Russian and English signs throughout the city. In recent years Sanya has become a common tourist destination from Hong Kong and other parts of the world. Check out  Top 10 Things to Do in Sanya for more information.

2) Xiamen
Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province of southeastern China. Xiamen and the surrounding countryside are famous for being an ancestral home to overseas Chinese. It became one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. Xiamen was recently voted China’s cleanest city, and has many attractions for the tourist.

Xiamen and its surrounding countryside provides spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches. The most attractive place should be the Gulangyu Island. Check out Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen.

3) Lijiang
Lijiang is located in the northwestern portion of Yunnan and borders Sichuan. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau converge.

Lijiang is considered as a place blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains, and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of people. The picturesque Lijiang is abundant in tourist resources through its graceful landscapes, unique ethnic group flavors as well as ancient national cultures.  Check out Top 10 Attractions in Lijiang.

4) Kuming
Kunming is situated in central Yunnan, north of the Dianchi Basin,  the political, economic, communications and cultural centre of Yunnan. The city is nicknamed “City of Spring” due to the fact that it is covers all the year round with the rich verdure of trees and plants.

Kunming serves as the destination for its snowballing tourism with so many places of interest spreading all around the city. Kunming is well known for its beautiful and peculiar, breathtaking and unique natural landscape.  Check out Top 10 Attractions in Kunming.

5) Hong Kong
Once described as a “barren rock” over 150 years ago, Hong Kong has become a world-class financial, trading and business centre and, indeed, a great world city. Hong Kong became Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China on July 1, 1997.    Check out Top 10 Attractions in Hong Kong for more information.

3. China’s Top Winter Destinations for “Migrant Birds” from either the Cold or Hot Areas”
In winter, travelers from Europe in particular, would like to fly to southeast Asian countries to escape the cold weather in their home countries and bask in sunshine.

On their long-haul flights, many of the European travelers would choose to layover one or two days in China for a brief trip to Beijing, or Shanghai or other 6 cities in China which offer 72-hour visa-free stay to those transit passengers from 51 designated countries.  Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu are among the top layover cities in China.  Check out China Visa Free Transit Tour for more information.

Snowing on the Great Wall of China around Beijing

Snowing on the Great Wall of China around Beijing

1) Beijing Layover
Are you going to have a long layover in Beijing? How do you plan to kill your layover time? Just sit in those uncomfortable chairs filling out crossword puzzles or browsing your iphone and spend it holed up at the airport? Why not hop off the plane and take a quick tour of one or two “must see”sights in Beijing – the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square…? In fact, a layover can be a memorable part of your trip and fun!

If you have a longer layover of 8 – 14 hours, then the Great Wall of China awaits you and you can also select our Beijing layover tours bringing you to other Beijing highlights such as Forbidden City, Tiannamen Square and Olympic sites, etc. Next time you’re stuck in Beijing airport and want to escape the humdrum, book a Beijing layover tour with Tour Beijing! We are eager to meet you at the airport & whisk you away for a quick Beijing tour and get you back in time for your next flight.   Check out Beijing Layover for more information.

2) Shanghai Layover
Shanghai offers Visa-free transit travel for transit tourists from 51 countries to spend up to 72 hours in Shanghai without a visa. This waiving visas policy permits visa free entry for transit travelers with visas and plane tickets to a third country to transit through Shanghai for a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours.

Transit passengers can enter Shanghai through Pudong or Hongqiao airports. The new policy does not apply to travelers arriving by ship or train. Check out Visa-Free Transit Travel to Shanghai for more information.

3) Guangzhou Layover
Guangdong Province (Guangzhou) offers 72 hours free-visa transit stay to those transit passengers from 51 countries including the US, Canada and all members of the EU who will transit in Guangdong with air-tickets for a third country.

Guangzhou has become the third city in China after Beijing and Shanghai. This free-visa transit policy i aimed at boosting local tourism and exhibition industry for transit tourists and business travelers.   Check out Free Visa Transit Travel to Guangdong Province (Guangzhou) for more information.

4) Chengdu Layover
Chengdu 72-hour visa-free transit policy starts from September 1st, 2013, and foreigners who don’t have China visas could stay within Chengdu administrative areas for 72 hours.

Chengdu has become the 4th city in China  After BeijingShanghai and Guangzhou to offer 72 hours free-visa transit stay to those transit passengers from 51 countries who will enter and leave China via Chengdu Shuangliu Airport with air-tickets for a third country. This free-visa transit policy will boost local tourism and exhibition industry for transit tourists and business travelers.
Check out Free Visa Transit Travel to Chengdu for more information.

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Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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Plan your China tour in autumn? Autumn leaf peeping time in China varies from north to south, and east to west given the size of China and its diversity of climate and geography. Basically from mid-October to mid-November,  most of China’s landscapes start to transform from their summer shades of green into the reds, oranges and yellows, signs of the colorful autumn.

If you are a leaf peeping fan and happen to visit China during the fall foliage period, you may choose one or two places to comfort your eyes and relax yourself with viewing the autumn leaves. We at Tour Beijing have leafed through the top 10  fall foliage destinations in China that we think are worth your exploration on your China autumn trip.

1. Ejina Qi (Banner), Inner Mongolia 内蒙古额济纳旗
Ejina Banner is in the most west end of  Alashan,  west of Inner Mongolia, adjacent to Alxa Right Banner in the east. Ejina Banner has a drought, extreme arid desert steppe climate with four distinctive seasons. It features rainless, abundant sunshine, and great temperature difference. The annual average temperature is 8.3℃. The number of annual dust storm is up to 14.

Ejina Diversifolius Poplar Forest National Nature Reserve is one of the three largest poplar forests in the world with mesmerizing autumn scenes sought after by numerous tourists and photographers.

Best Visit Time: October
Ejina Banner is linked to Hohhot by an overnight train 15 hours. If you’d like to travel to Alxa Left Banner, you may choose first to take your train to Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia, then drive 114km up to Bayanhot, the capital of Alashan.
Overland travel is the most popular mode of traveling around Alashan. The three banners (Left, Right and Ejina) are connected by the regional roads. Also the three banners are linked to outside cities or provinces through a few destinations.

Autumn Leaves Ejina Qi (Banner), Inner Mongolia

Autumn Leaves Ejina Qi (Banner), Inner Mongolia

2. Moerdaoga National Forest Park , Inner Mongolia 内蒙古莫尔道嘎国家森林公园
 Moerdaoga National Forest Park ia the first national forest park in the Greater Khingan Range (Greater Xing’an Mountain ) within Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the biggest national forest park of its kind in China.

Moerdaoga” literally means that “set out for flight riding your horses” that was legendarily said by Genghis Khan who tried to integrate the tribes. The forest park is adjacent to the Hulunbuir Grassland on the south, the Erguna River on the north, packed with old and tall trees and numerous streams and rivers. The Moerdaoga turns into a “five-colormountain”, a perfect place to see autumn leaves.

Best Visit Time: Late  September and early October
It is quite convenient to travel to Hulunbeier by train with wide train network. Hailar has trains connecting Beijing, Baotou, Hohhot, Harbin, Dalian, Qiqihaer, Boketu, Moerdaoga, Manzhouli, Jiaergeda. So beside Hailaer, many of the cities and banners has railway stations, forming easy train routes within Hulunbuir. Or you may take long-distance buses to Moerdaoga.

 Moerdaoga National Forest Park

Moerdaoga National Forest Park


3. Kanas, Xinjiang 新疆喀纳斯
Kanas is located in the northern tip of Xinjiang. The Kanas Lake (Kanasi Hu) means “beautiful, rich and mysterious” in Mongolian. The lake is nestled in the deep forests and mountains of Altay. The lake is 1,374m above sea level and covers an area of 45sqkm (10 times bigger than Tianchi on Bogda Mountain) with the deepest point of 188m.

The long bean-shaped lake reflects the surrounding snowcapped mountains. The Kanas Lake in autumn is at its best with the beautiful foliage. Legend has it that huge monsters live in the lake. They often has take away horses and camels drinking into the water by the lake and later swallow them, a similar story of “Nessie Monster”.

Best Visit Time: Late  September and early October
Transport: Take flights or travel overland to Kanas.

Autumn Leaaves at Kanas, Xinjiang

Autumn Leaaves at Kanas, Xinjiang

4. Miyaluo, Sichuan 四川米亚罗
Miyaluo, literally “Playful Pateau” in Tibetan, is located in Li County, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, about 263 km north of Chengdu, between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou.

Miyaluo Scenic Area is the largest red leaves viewing landscape in China, with 3688 square km, 127 km long from east to west, and 29 km wide from north to south,  180 the size of Fragrant Hill Red Leaves Scenic Area in Beijing. When autumn comes, the whole Miyaluo becomes a sea of red leaves, a stunning view of the fall foliage seldom seen elsewhere.

Best Visit Time: Mid- September – Mid-October
Transport: Take buses from Chengdu to Miyaluo.

Fall foliage at Miyaluo, Sichuan

Fall foliage at Miyaluo, Sichuan

5. Daocheng, Sichuan 四川稻城俄初山
Daocheng is a county under  Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, on the most southwestern Sichuan, about 760 km from Chengdu. Daocheng is a mysterious and pure plateau, a place enticing numerous travelers for spiritual fulfillment.The stunning beauty of Dacheng is the autumn colors that bounce off from Echu Mountain (Mt.Echu). “Echu” literally means “glistering mountain”.  It is a high mountain at the altitude of 5140 meters. Hiking up the valleys, you will see the layers of forests coated by myriad colors, red, yellow, orange, green, a mesmerizing spectacle.

Best Visit Time: Mid- September – Mid-October
Transport: Take buses from Chengdu to Daocheng

Fall foliage at Mt.Echushan, Daocheng.

Fall foliage at Mt.Echushan, Daocheng.

6. Jiuzhaigou National Park , Sichuan 四川九寨沟
Jiuzhaigou literally means “Nine Village Valley” in Chinese. Listed as World Cultural Heritage in 1992. Jiuzhaigou is well known for its beautiful water – multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and magnificent autumn scenery. Jiuzhaigou is located in Jiuzhaigou County of the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, 436km north of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province.Jiuzhaigou has three valleys naturally formed in a Y shape. The Rize Valley 17km long and Zechawa Valley 18km long flow from the south and meet at a confluence where they form the Shuzheng valley 15km long in the middle, continuing to flow north to the mouth of the Shuzheng Valley. All the three valleys are accessible both by shuttle bus and boardwalks.

There are 17 waterfall groups, 47 springs and 114 lakes in the park. People usually first visit Shuzheng Valley, then either visit Rize Valley or Zechawa Valley. People have to spend almost whole day in the three valleys. There is a service center in the confluence where the three valleys meet with a big restaurant providing three kind of buffet lunch. There is also a grocery by the restaurant where you can buy instant noodles, biscuits, fruits, water and mnay more to feed yourself.

Visiting Time: suggested 1-3 day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 220  (peak season ) and RMB 80 ( winter season)
Location:  436km north of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province
Opening Hours: 6:30 – 18:00 (April – Nov.15);  6:30 – 17:00 (Nov.16  – March);
Best Time to Visit: Mid-October to early November
How to Get There
First take flight from Chengdu to Jiuhuang Airport where you connect the local bus for Jiuzhaigou

Fall Foliage at Jiuzhaigou

Fall Foliage at Jiuzhaigou

7. Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )  武陵源(张家界)
Wulingyuan Scenic Area is located about 30 km north of Zhangjiajie’s city center. Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed with UNESCO World Heritage 1992. This world heritage site is popularly known as “Zhangjiajie Senic Area” rather than “Wulingyuan” mainly because Wulingyuan Scenic Area is under the administration of Zhangjiajie City.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Zhangjiajie Scenic Area) includes three main areas: Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkTianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and, Suoxi Valley Natural Resource Reserve (including Baofeng Lake and Yellow Dragon Cave). The American film – Avatar depicted “Hallelujah Mountain” by taking the real view of “South Pillar of the Heaven”, a famous attraction in Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area are  famous for its unique hills, queer rockss and peaks, tranquil valleys, clear streams, abundant fauna and flora and hospitable climate.

Visiting Time: suggested 2-3 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 248 ( a through ticket )
Location: about 30 km north of Zhangjiajie’s city center
Opening Hours: All day
Best Time to Visit: Mid-October to Mid-November
How to Get There
Zhangjiajie is easily accessible by air, train and highway. Then connect local buses going to Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

Fall Foliage at Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )

Fall Foliage at Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )

8. Wushan, Chongqing 重庆巫山红叶
Wushan County is in the northeast of Chongqing with Yangtze River passing through, about 437 km to the northeast of Chongqing’s city center. Wushan’s temperature  provides a perfect condition for the growth of maple  and other red leaf trees.

Every year Wushan entice huge number of visitors to experience the stunning mixed landscape of rivers, mountains and red leaves. The red leaves at Wushan have a longer period of leaf peeping from late September to December.

Visiting Time: suggested 1-2 Day
Location: about 437 km northeast of Chongqing’s city center
Opening Hours: All day
Best Time to Visit: October – November
How to Get There
Buses or boats from Chongqing or Yichang.

9. Qixiashan, Jiansu 江苏南京栖霞山
Qixiashan Scenic Area is located  in Qixiashan District of Nanjing, about 26 km to the northeast of Nanjing’s city center. Qixiashan has three peaks – the main peak is Fengxiang Peak at the altitude of 286 meters; Longshan Peak on the northeast and Hushan Peak on the northwest. Qixiashan is rich in ecological fossils and oft lauded as “Natural Geography Museum”.

Qixiashan is peppered with historical relics and sites. But its biggest draw is its autumn color. Qixiashan is reputed as one of the four most famous maple leaf viewing spots in China. When autumn comes, the while mountain area is blanketed with red leaves of maple trees.

Visiting Time: suggested 2-4 hour
Location: about 26 km northeast of Nanjing’s city center
Best Time to Visit: October – November
How to Get There
Buses or from Nanjing city center

Red Leaves  at Qixiashan, Jiansu

Red Leaves at Qixiashan, Jiansu

10. Fragrant Hill  北京香山
Located in the east part of western hills and 28 kilometers northwest of the Beijing City, Fragrant Hills Park is a large park of hills and forest. It is rich both in natural sceneries and cultural relics. Its highest peak is Xianglu Peak (Incense Burner Peak), 557 meters high.

The hill is dotted with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees. When autumn arrives, fiery red leaves blanket the entire mountain. Every year, a huge number of tourists flock to the park. The cable cars are a great way to hike up the hill and enjoy the spetacular fall scenes at the same time.

Visiting Time: suggested 3-4 hour
Entrance Fee:  RMB 10
Location:  Norrthwest of Beijing
Opening Hours: 6:30 – 19:00
Best Time to Visit: Mid-October to early November
How to Get There
Take public buses

Red Leaves at  Fragrant Hill

Red Leaves at Fragrant Hill

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