China is at its best in Autumn. And the following places will be good choices when you are travelling in China in October.
Top 1: Jiuzhai Valley, Sichuan
Jiuzhai Valley, locally known as Jiuzhaigou ( literally “Valley of Nine Fortified Villages”), is located in Jiuzhaigou County of Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Known as the “paradise on earth” and “world of fairy tales”, Jiuzhaigou is characterized by its crystal lakes, multi-leveled waterfalls, colorful forests, snow-capped peaks and Tibetan culture. Jiuzhaigou is incredibly picturesque in autumn, when colorful leaves are reflected in the clear emerald waters and lakes vary in color according to their depths, angles and surroundings, striking a lively contrast with the blue sky and snow-white clouds.
Jiuzhaigou Valley was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1997.
Top 2: Ejin Banner, Inner Mongolia
Ejin or Ejina, a banner of Inner Mongolia, is under the administration of Alxa League. It borders east to Alxa Right Banner, southwest to the famous Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu Province, and north to Mongolia. Ejin Banner has one of the three extensive Euphrates Poplar tree forests in the world, with a total forest area of 30,000 hectares. In 1992, the Ejin Banner Euphrates Poplar Forest Nature Reserve was established there. Every October when leaves turn yellow, the whole area becomes a sea of golden leaves, attracting thousands of tourists and photographers who flock to enjoy the amazing autumn scenery.
Top 3: Nyingchi, Tibet
Nyingchi, which means “sun throne” in Tibetan, is situated in the southeast of Tibet. Located at the middle and lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, Nyingchi is blessed with a semi-humid climate and fascinating scenery. With a large number of river valleys and alpine gorges, Nyingchi is also called the “Switzerland of Tibet”. Autumn is the most colorful season of Nyingchi, when the golden pine forests, green canyon and crystal snow-capped mountains form a striking sight. Due to the altitudinal zonality of Namjagbarwa Peak, various plant species are scattered across the mountain, forming multiple levels of color.
When travelling there, you can also take part in various activities, such as mountain hiking, rock climbing and white water rafting, and experience the unique local customs of the Menba and Luoba people.
Top 4: Shangri-La, Yunnan
Located in northwest Yunnan Province, Shangri-La is a Tibetan county of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, featuring spectacular landscapes and a mixture of ethnic cultures. Set in tranquil grasslands surrounded by snow-covered peaks, gorges, lakes and virgin forests, the county’s attractions include the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Temple, Bita Lake Nature Reserve and Baishui Terrace (White Water Terrace). Shangri-la is at its most beautiful in May and October. In October when leaves turn yellow and red, the area astounds you with its stunning vistas. You can also experience the lifestyle, culture and cuisine of 13 different local ethnic groups.
Top 5: Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve, Sichuan
Situated in Daocheng County in the south of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, the Yading Nature Reserve is well known at home and abroad because of its primitive ecological environment, and the magnificent, queer, elegant and picturesque natural scenery. As the nature reserve is located in the middle section of the Hengduan Mountains in the east of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, its unique geographical location has protected the environment from being disturbed by human activities, and its primitive features have been well preserved. Accordingly Daocheng Yading is often referred to as the “last Shangri-La” and the “last pure land in our blue planet.” After September, the area goes into colorful autumn, attracting hundreds of visitors to travel and hike there and enjoy some of the quietest and purest natural scenery on Earth.
Top 6: Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province)
Zhangjiajie is located in the northwestern part of Hunan Province, about 265 kilometers to Changsha, the provincial capital. Situated in the Municipality of Zhangjiajie, Wulingyuan consists of four scenic areas, each with peculiar scenery: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Valley Nature Reserve, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, and Yangjiajie. This unparalleled wonderland is blessed with awe-inspiring cliffs, fantastic peaks, mysterious deep valleys, gorgeous waterscape, and lovely grottoes. The hills present different views to visitors with the changing of the seasons. In October, colorful leaves, sheer cliffs and secluded valleys wow visitors. Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNSECO in 1992.
Top 7: Qixia Mountain (Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province)
Qixia Mountain, located about 22 kilometers northeast of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, is known as the “most beautiful mountain in Nanjing”. It covers an area of over 860 hectares, and has three peaks – Dragon Peak, Tiger Peak and Fengxiang Peak, with the highest peak at 286 meters. Covered by 750 hectares of various maple trees, the mountain has fascinating scenery in autumn. Around the middle of October each year, the whole mountain will become a colorful carpet, with flourishing red, green and golden maple leaves, making it a wonderful place to enjoy fall colors.
Top 8: Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve, Hainan
Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve, located in the northeast part of Hainan Province, is the first and biggest mangrove nature reserve in China. The mangrove tree, also known as “forest above the sea”, is a kind of tropical tree, growing in swampy ground along sea coasts and river banks. In 1980, China’s first nature reserve was established there by the local government, with a total area of 4,000 hectares. There are 81 kinds of mangrove trees in the world, and 32 kinds of them can be found in Dongzhaigang. Besides containing mangrove forests, the area is also home to many rare birds, attracting lots of biologists and travelers visit there to discover the reserve’s unique flora and fauna.