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Best Places and Time to Appreciate Red Leaves in Fragrant Hill Park

2016-03-24 15:21:47Share:

  The most spectacular natural scenery in Fragrant Hill Park is the red smoke tree leaves over the mountains. When autumn arrives, fiery red leaves blanket the entire mountain. Every year, thousands of tourists come to it. This hill is one the most famous places in China to see the red leaves. Red Leaves Festival is held every Mid-October to early November. That is the busiest time of it. Travelers had better go there in week days to avoid great number of visitors in the weekends.


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  Best places to see red leaves:


  1. Tranquility Green Lake (Jingcui Lake) - Walk 5 minutes from the east gate, you will arrive in the lakeside. It is the nearest from the entrance. The lake area is surrounded by hills in three directions, so, you need to find a good point of view to see and take pictures.


  Best time to see red leaves: circa October 25 - November 9


  2. Fragrant Hills Temple (Xiangshan Temple)


  The temple is in the south hill foot close to Shuangqing Villa. First built in Tang Dynasty, the temple is the origin of Fragrant Hill's culture. Be cautious of many steps in this area.


  Best time to see red leaves: circa October 18 - November 2


  3. Heshun Gate


  It is on the south hillside, 300 meters above the ground. It is close to the red leave trees.


  Best time to see red leaves: circa October 25 - November 9


  4. Yuhua Xiu


  This is the largest flat area in it and the road to it from the east gate is even, within 20 minutes' walk along the middle road. There is broad field of vision.


  Best Time to see red leaves: October 18 - November 4


  5. Xiangwu Ku (literally Fragrant Mist Cave)


  It has classical garden environment on the hillside. It takes over half an hour to climb up to this place.


  Best time to see red leaves: October 15 - November 4


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  Recommended red leaves watching routes


  Route 1: East gate - Jingcui Lake - Shuangqing Villa - Xiangshan Temple - Heshun Gate - hill top


  Tips: The route takes about two hours. Need to climb up the hill.


  Route 2: East gate - Yuhua Xiu - Xiangwu Ku - hill top


  Tips: This is a meek route and suitable for family going together.


  Route 3: North gate - cable car station - hill top


  Tips: It is 5 minutes' walking distance from the north gate southward to the cable car. By cable, you can get to the hill top nearly 20 minutes later. You can have a bird-eye view of Biyun Temple (Temple of Azure Clouds) and overlook the red leaves afar.

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