8 Best Places to Appreciating Fallen Leaves in Beijing

From Nov to early Dec, it’s a perfect time to come enjoy the fallen leaves in Beijing. This season is a local favourite as autumn comes it brings clear skies and the foliage within Beijing bursts into a myriad of colours for all to see. Here are 8 best locations to catch a glimpse of these fallen leaves to appreciate this seasonal treat in Beijing. I hope you will be able to enjoy this beautiful season with the help of this guide.

Xiang Shan Park

Xiang Shan Park is a famous spot to see the colorful fallen leaves within Beijing.  Every year when winter comes, the leaves turn to bright red and crimson, coating the ground to the red fallen leaves. This time of the year will tend to pretty cold(especially on the top of the mountain), so please remember to take a nice thick coat!

Best time to visit:November and December.

Best route to explore the park: East gate-Jing Cui Lake- Cui Wei Pavilion- Shuang Qin Villa- Xiang Shan Temple-Liang Feng Pavilion- He Shun Gate – Yu Tai Gate- Xiang Lu Peak. This is the imperial road for the ancient emperors to climb mountains and enjoy the scenery.

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Palace Museum

The Palace Museum is another one of the prime places to see these beautiful autumn scenery. Red walls, green tiles, and native Chinese trees are the main keynotes of the Palace Museum in autumn. With the unique beauty of ancient Chinese architecture, the scenery here is unlike any of the other locations.

Ginkgo leaves watching sites:

Zuo Yi Door (左翼门); Green pines and yellow apricots all the way from the Wenhua Dian to the Zuoyi door, and there is a small ginkgo forest on the path.

Shi Ba Huai (十八槐); ShiBaHuai,on the west side of Hongyi Pavilion are the most dense ginkgo trees in the imperial palace. The ginkgo biloba here is planted along the high wall, forming a ginkgo road, whether standing under the palace wall, or walking on the ginkgo road, are all perfect for photography.

YanXi Gong (延禧宫);Step through a door along the red wall of the Dong Gong and you’ll see the thick ginkgo leaves sticking out of the wall in YanXi Gong. Here is the best site to view the beauty of gingkos in the Palace Museum.

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Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is predominantly filled with willows, every autumn the leaves turn to a lovely golden yellow that can lead to some amazing photos with the reflection of the water. With this the lake becomes a really special sight to see and not one sight you want to miss. The Summer Palace also has boats you can rent to take in the sights on the lake. Pick from electric and manual pedal boats to take out on to the water, this can be also be another beatuiful sight to see at sunset.

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Di Tan Park

Ditan park is located in the north of downtown Beijing, just past the second ring road. It was built in 1530 during the Ming dynasty, where the emperor offered sacrifices to the gods. At the center of the park lays the earth temple, from which the park got its name.

How to get there:

Take the subway and get off at Yonghegong on lines 2 and 5. It’s a five-minute walk from there.

Beijing Botanical Gardens

If you want less of a wild forest and more of the tame beautiful autumn flowers, go to the Beijing botanical garden in the haidian district. Outside its 4 million square meters (990 acres) of greenhouses, hot rooms and gardens, the site boasts more than 6,000 plants. These include tropical species, aquatic plants such as lotus and lily, traditional Chinese medicines and rare species such as redwoods found in China, which were thought to have been extinct for millions of years.

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Olympic Green

The Olympic park is not only a sports park but also home to a kingdom of plants. The forests in the north garden will become very beautiful in autumn. Running in the Olympic park and enjoying the autumn scenery are good choices.

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DiaoYuTai Park

The park itself is known for its total of about 1,000 ginkgo trees, which turn suddenly yellow in autumn. Furthermore, it also has two huge areas, which are definitely can be a real bonus for au pairs. For hundreds of years, it was a favorite spot for emperors.

How to get there:

Take the subway to the military museum station (line 1 and line 9) and enter from the north side of the Chinese millennium monument.

Mutianyu Great Wall

A list of fall destinations would not be complete without the wall, as it sits on a ridge and is an ideal place to view leaves. There are several places you can go to, but the best place to visit is Mutianyu. The Great Wall is located in Huairou district, about 70 kilometers away from the center of Beijing.  Further afield, tourists are less likely to be spotted than nearby Badaling.Walk a few miles along with the historic building and climb to the top of watchtowers. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery at a glance.

How to get there:

Visit MuBus website to book the bus ticket.

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