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Red Leaves Festival in Fragrant Hills Park (2)

It is said that there are three stages enjoying the red leaves in Fragrant Hills Park. The first stage is from mid October to late October. All garden covers with green, yellow and red leaves, which seemed as if a colorful mountains picture. Wandering along the path, tourists will feel the magnificent natural scenery personally. The second stage is from late October to early November.

Red Leaves

If your aim here is only to enjoy the beautiful view of red leaves all around mountain, then you will feel disappointed. While entering the main entrance, you will find two frondent maple trees and they are the best ones in the whole park. Along the mountains there are some other varieties of trees with red leaves and climbing up, having a panoramic view, there appears red, yellow, green and grey, but non match up with them. So take full use of your camera here at the beginning to record the beautiful moment. Along the path to the Xianlu Peak, there are some vendors selling red leaves specimen which are much cheaper than the stores on the top of the hill. If interested in it, why not buy some home? Just the souvenirs!

Xianglu Peak

Of course for everyone, Xianglu Peak is the final destination which has an elevation of 557 meters. Clouds and mist often engulf its precipitously angled cliffs, which give the two large stone excrescences of the peak a resemblance to incense burners. Deep breath of fresh air for a while, just enjoy the brand view of the whole Beijing City.

Of course the best time to visit the park is late fall, when the smoke tree leaves turn red.  It consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics however Fragrant Hills Park is popular for tourists not only for the Red Leaves Festival, but also because of its comfortable environment. All the year round, here attracts a lot of local citizens hiking and entertainment.

Red Leaves Festival in Fragrant Hills Park (1)

Have you ever heard of the Red Leaves Festival in Beijing? It is very popular among local citizens and holds in Fragrant Hills Park every late autumn. This year, the festival begins from Oct.12th and ends at Nov.11th. Today, we came here to enjoy the beautiful view.

In the early morning, through very heavy traffic, here has already gathered large numbers of tourists. In front of the ticket center there stand the long queue and it took us nearly 40 minutes to get the entrance tickets. Today is Wednesday, I could not imagine the situation here on weekends.

Fragrant Hills Park - Red Leaves Festival

Before getting into the park, we came to the sign board showing the map of the whole park to design our route. It also shows the good points to view the red leaves in the park. Then we entered and first in sight the Qinzheng Palace. It is the working place for Qianlong Emperor during his stay in Fragrant Hills. In front of the palace there planted two frondent maple trees. While gentle wind blowing, the yellow and red leaves flying and drop into the small pool. Many professional photography lovers came here to grasp the classic moment. Would you like to be a member of them?

Walking pass the Tranqulity Green Lake (Jingcui Lake), we went on through a small path. It is not crowded but really a good point to see the red leaves on the mountain. Red, yellow, green, brown, colorful and beautiful! With bright sunshine, blue sky and white clouds, sitting on the grass here to have a short rest and enjoy the view will be really nice! Our final destination is the top point – Xianglu Peak, so come on!

Bird Eye View of Beijing City

Considering our physical strength, we chose the route with fewer steps, however the steep slopes are also hard for walking. Walking left then turning right, not very long time my legs were trembling. Every ten minutes, I have to stop and take short rest. Thank god, after 2 hours hard working, we finally got to the Xianglu Peak. The temperature is only about 5 degrees Celsius but I was still drenched in sweat. While got to the top, I had no desire for the view but rest. Deep breath of fresh air for a while, I put my focus on the view around. In the middle there stands the stone tablet of Xianglu Peak. So many tourists there waiting to take pictures that I could not find the chance to take picture for the stone alone. Looking around, in the middle is the panoramic view of Beijing city. With the bright weather, I could see the CCTV Tower clearly, grand and impressive! The mountains around covering with red, green and yellow leaves, they are so colorful and stratified!

The scenery on Xianglu Peak deserves long time climbing. Also it is healthy climbing the hills in free time.

Beijing Travel Guide - Chinese Spring Festival (3)

Happy Spring Festival

Upon first chicken sounds, or Spring Festival's bell struck, firecrackers sound come and go in streets, and everyone beaming that Spring Festival began, the men, women and children dressed in festive costumes, wish the first family elderly longevity, while distributing lucky money to children, eating a festive dinner in the first day of Spring Festival. On the second and third days, people begin to visit relatives and see friends with each other, saying “Happy Spring Festival”, “Gong Xi Fa Cai”,  “Congratulations”, “Happy Spring Festival” and so on; then also worship ancestor and have some other festival activities.

Set off firecrackers

The warm atmosphere of the festival is not only filled with families, it is also filled with around in the streets and some local markets, lion dance, playing the dragon, visiting Flower Market and the temple fair practices and so on. During this period, there are many kinds of lanterns in the streets of the whole town and city, unprecedented visitors flock to the streets, bustling, straight to be carried onto the fifteenth day of the first lunar month after the Lantern Festival, till then Spring Festival has a true end.

spree with money to children

Spring Festival is the most important festival of the Han, Manchu, Mongolian, Yao, Zhuang, white, Gaoshan, Hezhen, Hani, Daur, Dong, Li and dozen ethnic minorities. They also have the customs of the Chinese Spring Festival, just with more forms and more ethnic characteristics.

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