Photo Essay: Enjoying Fall Foliage at Beijing’s Fragrant Hills

Beijing’s Fragrant Hills burst forth in brilliant reds, yellows and oranges with the coming of autumn, and visiting still remains one of those must-do experiences if you come to the city in October. Jun and I decided to go hiking there, timing our visit to catch the fall foliage at its peak.

First off, it’s an easy trip from Beijing, thanks to the newly opened Xijiao Line on the subway, and you can even buy your tickets to the park online ahead of time (which is recommended if you visit during weekends or holidays, when it can get rather crowded).

Second, while Fragrant Hills do draw a lot of visitors, it’s quite easy to escape the crowds if you hike a longer or less-traveled route.

While I’m still on break and catching up on things, I thought I would share some photos from our visit. We followed the “red leaf trail” in the park, which offers plenty of opportunities to view the best fall foliage at Fragrant Hills.


Wherever you are, here’s wishing you a fabulous (and colorful) fall!


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