Beijing Fall Foliage

Generally, autumn is associated with dullness because of falling of leaves, but if you visit Beijing you are bound to change your idea about autumn. Beijing at its best falls on autumn - clear sky, pleasant weather and eyeful colors. Autumn is the best time to see fall foliage and observe color change.

Beijing has thousands of hectares of foliage in its surrounding mountains which are covered with maple, Smoke trees, torch trees, gingko and more. Though the exact timing of the color change varies year to year, the peak time to see fall foliage in Beijing usually occurs from Mid October to Mid November. During that time, Beijing mountainous areas, the parks, even an unknown name street throughout Beijing are blanketed in a palette of yellows, oranges and reds.

Meanwhile, autumn is the best time to hike along the Great Wall as sections of the Great Wall are densely covered by verdant trees. In golden autumn, trekking on the ancient fortification along with eyeful nature’s colors and bright shades are truly amazing.

Out of Beijing, the other cities such as Guilin, Jiuzhaigou, Huangshan, Suzhou and Hangzhou in China has the most picturesque autumns. Get an eyeful of nature's painted canvas! Plan a fall foliage getaway to capture this beauty with us - some pre-arranged Beijing Fall Tours as well as the customized tours per your specific request.


Best Places to See Ginkgo Trees in Autumn Beijing

Beijing Diaoyutai Ginkgo Boulevard

beijing diaoyutaiBeijing Diaoyutai Ginkgo Boulevard is the most famous place to observe the beautiful yellow color ginkgo. Ginkgo is an ancient tree which has a history of several hundred years or even a thousand year. In fall season ginkgo on both sides of the boulevard all turn into golden yellow. A lot of shutterbugs came here to take photos of the ginkgo trees.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid October to late October
  • How to get there: Take subway line 5 or bus 18, 27, 104, 108, 407, 803, 849 to get to the west gate of Temple of Earth.

Sanlitun Xiwu Street East

beijing SanlitunHere is the Embassy District, a quiet place though it is very close to the east Third Ring Road –the bustling area. It doesn’t have the green land like Diaoyutai, but it always has a soldier wearing olive green stands straight along the road.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid October to the end of October
  • How to get there: Take bus 300, 830, 402 to get to the Agricultural Exhibition Hall

Temple of Earth Park

Beijing Temple of Earth ParkBeijing Temple of Earth Park is located at the northern side of Lama Temple. It enjoys beautiful sights at different seasons, especially autumn, because ginkgo leaves turned yellow in the Temple of Earth Park, making the tourist spot full of beauty. Some people think trees here are more ancient than those beside Diaoyutai. Strolling among the ginkgo trees is an enjoyment.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid –to –late October
  • How to get there: Take subway line 5 or bus 18, 27, 104, 108, 407, 803, 849 to get to the west gate of Temple of Earth.

Peking University

Peking UniversityIt might be a little bit different to see ginkgo trees in Peking University’s campus, because there are so many students around, drawing, reading and chatting. The campus with those ginkgo trees makes it a picturesque place.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid October to Mid November
  • How to get there: Take bus 355, 375, 628, 749,110 to get to the East Gate of Tsinghua

Eight Great Sites Park

Beijing Eight Great Sites ParkIt is a very good choice to Eight Great Sites Park to see the ginkgo trees in fall. The ginkgo trees in Eight Great Sites Park are mainly distributed around the temples. Most of them are more than 100 years old especially those two in front of Temple of Great Mercy are more than 800 years old.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid October to Mid November
  • How to get there: Take bus 347, 389, 622, 965, 311, 972 to get to the Eight Great Sites Park

Best Places to see Red Maple Leaves in Beijing

Fragrant Hills Park

Fragrant Hills ParkThe red autumnal leaf is one of the “top 16 new Beijing attractions”, and Fragrant Hill Park is one of the top 4 best places to see the red maple leaves. Except for the red maple trees, another highlight of Fragrant Hills Park is the ginkgo trees. When you realize the gingko leaves falling they’ve made a ginkgo boulevard already.

  • Best Time to Visit: Mid October to November
  • How to get there: Take bus 318、331、360、634、714、696、698 to get to the Fragrant Hills Park

Badaling National Forest Park

Badaling National Forest ParkThe Badaling Forest Park is next to the Badaling Great Wall. The famous Red Leaves Hill is located here. The altitude there is 500 meters higher than downtown Beijing, making the place cooler in autumn and the leaves are easier to turn red. Badaling Forest Park always is the first place to watch leaves turning reddish in early autumn. The red leaves scenic covers an area of 65 hectares.

  • Best Time to Visit: Late September to October
  • How to get there: Take Bus No. 919 from Deshengmen to Badaling; and take a taxi to the park (Costs about 20 RMB, 5 minutes)

Great Wall Hiking in Autumn

great wall hiking
2-Day Badaling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu Great Wall Tour visit 3 of the most popular Great Wall sections in 2 days
2-Day Trekking on the Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall hike about 10km each day (5 hours) to experience the Great Wall original sections
2-Day Jinshanling, Simatai Great Wall Hiking Tour Jinshanling to Simatai & East section of the Simatai Great Wall
6-Day The Great Wall Hiking around Beijing Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Simatai

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