This is the time of year when it seems the whole of Beijing goes to the Fragrant Hills to see the maple leaves turn red. My friend Franky was lucky enough to escape the city crowds (and pollution) and travel to the Tianhuashan mountains in the North-East. A long trip but well worth the effort. He wrote the following:
"Tianhuashan, 200 km from the border (with North Korea) city of Dandong in the north-east of China, is said is to have the most beautiful maple leaves in China . It has an average elevation of about 1100m.
Besides beautiful maple leaves, Tianhuashan is also a good mountain to climb, with falls, brooks, forest, valleys and long gorges. One of the mountains even looks like Chairman Mao and has been named Maogong Mountain .
The best time to view the maple leaves is mid-October. This season is also the best time to eat crab in Dandong . Dandong has many people from North Korea , and some Korean restaurants have even opened there."
Let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy!