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Leisurely Visit Temple of Heaven in Autumn

There is no better place to go to enjoy some quiet time than the parks while visiting Beijing in the fall. At the mention of the top parks in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is second to none in terms of natural beauty and cultural sites.

Brief Introduction to the Park
Temple of Heaven

The main structures of Temple of Heaven are arrayed into a straight line within the Inner Altar. All of the palaces and bases, shaped as circle, face southwards, symbolizing the Heaven. The whole styles and structures are uniquely and exquisitely patterned. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest used to host ancient ceremonies led by the emperors praying for good harvest. 38 meters high, this hall is covered with blue tiles and it was decorated with bricks and wood and supported by wooden pillars and rafters.

Temple of Heaven is divided into Inner Altar and Outer Altar by two lines of walls. As for the Outer Wall, with a girth of 6,553 meters, used to be two gates opened to the Altar of Prayer and Circular Mound Altar and another three gates have been successively built since 1949. As for the Inner Altar, with a girth of 4,152 meters, there are six gates around here. Within the Inner Altar, the Circular Mound Altar and Imperial Vault of Heaven stand in the south and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and Hall of Imperial Stem. These two parts were enclosed with walls and the Circular Mound Altar and Prayer Altar are connected with a long brick-paved path.

What Fun Things to Do inside the Park in Autumn
Temple of Heaven

There are diverse options for spending some lovely time inside the park. In the fall, with the weather cooler, you can easily spend the best part of an afternoon or morning visiting the park. There are a lot of fun things to do in the park. In the morning, head to the park to see the senior Chinese people practicing Taiji or even better learn with them. Then enjoy a leisurely walk and stroll inside the park to take in the architecture or the brilliant fall foliage blooming all over the ground. The park is also a great place for people watching and amazing photos in the fall. In addition, explore the park on a bike or fly kite with kids. In a word, the park has something for everyone!

Overall, the Temple of Heaven makes for a great getaway while visiting Beijing in the fall.

Visit Badaling Great Wall & National Forest Park

If you are planning to see the fall foliage in China then the best way is no doubt head out of the big cities and into nature. For those who want to take in the autumn color in Beijing, only an hour outside the city is the Great Wall, a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors and adventure.

Badaling Autumn Walking
Marvelous Great Wall to Walk
In suburb area of the capital city of Beijing, there are many sections of the Great Wall, all of which stand in the mountains and overgrown on either side with lush trees. There are different sections to visit but the Badaling is the closest one and makes for a great destination to take in the fall foliage and autumn color with an outdoor hike down there. This section of the wall is arguably the most popular so there will be a large crowd out there. The best time for taking in the fall foliage and hike at Badaling section of the Great Wall is mid-October but it is okay to go there from late September through early November. The snaking wall weaving upon the overgrown mountains makes for fantastic photos and hike on the wall allows you to take in the colorful fall foliage and enjoy the fresh outdoors out there.

Badaling National Forest Park
Badaling National Forest Park
With a visit to Badaling in the fall in Beijing, the wall is not the only fun sight to explore. There is also a fantastic forest park out there, which is a great place for foliage viewing while visiting Beijing in the fall. The forest park has a rich collection of trees and other plants. You can easily spend some lovely time in the park, taking in the autumn color, bushwalking in the forest or snapping amazing photos. The forest park opens daily 8:00am - 6:30pm and sits right next to the Badaling Great Wall. The forest park makes for a perfect alternative to the Great Wall and also offers plenty opportunities to catch a glimpse of colorful fall foliage. The best time to visit the forest park is from late September through early November, the peak season for foliage viewing in Beijing.

Overall, the fall foliage viewing is a fantastic way to taste autumn Beijing!

Red Leaves in Beijing Fragrant Hills Park

With the golden autumn becoming closer and closer, more and more tourists choose going out to explore the nature beauty in Beijing. Among so many attractions, the most popular one in autumn is the famous Fragrant Hills Park.

Fragrant Hills Park
Basic Information about Fragrant Hills Park
Located in the northeast of Beijing City, Fragrant Hills Park is surrounded by tranquil environment. Covering a large scale area, this park is not only famous for natural scenery but also abundant historical relics. In China, it is also call Xiangshan Park housing profound history. Earlier built in Jin Dynasty, Fragrant Hills Park was extended to a large scale in Yuan and Ming dynasties. With time flying, this park underwent painstaking. In the year of 1860 and 1900, lots of relics in the Fragrant Hills Park were damaged by foreign troops.

Best Route to Explore the Red Leaves
The most spectacular natural scenery in this park is the red smoke tree leaves over the mountains. Especially when the autumn comes, the breathtaking red leaves will be full of the whole mountain. So, enjoying the natural red leaves is the most terrific enjoyment during Beijing autumn tour. There are two main routes to explore it. First one is to go along the north route. Along this route, you will appreciate the Yanjing Lake, Jianxin Zhai and Bright Temple, etc. Each of them will influence your vision with typical feature or unique charm. Another route is in the south area. Along this route, you will admire the Tranquility Green Lake, Shuangqing Villa, Fragrant Temple and Incense Burner Peak, etc. However, this route is a little hard for travelers but very worthy to have a try.

Best Places to Appreciate Red Leaves
If you want to enjoy typical Red Leaves scenery, some best places are available. First one is the Tranquility Green Lake. It is nearest from the entrance. The lake area is surrounded by hills in three directions, so it is ideal to find a good point to see the red leaves and take pictures. The second place is the Fragrant Hills Temple. Located in the south hill foot close to Shuangqing Villa, Fragrant Hills Temple was first built in Tang Dynasty. From this temple, except the charming red leaves, you also can enjoy the origin culture of this park. During the journey, you should pay much attention on the steps.

Don't hesitate! Fragrant Hills Park is just the right attraction entertaining your autumn tour!

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