Where to catch colors of autumn

20:33, November 08, 2010      

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Red is an auspicious color, and China blazes red and gold in autumn as nature puts on her last show before winter. Chen Ye tells you where to find the scarlet leaves.

As the temperature drops and autumn days get shorter, many trees put on their spectacular displays of reds, oranges, yellows and purples, sometimes against sapphire skies.

Viewing the autumn foliage is popular in regions where the temperature drops and leaves of deciduous trees change color. The chlorophyll, which makes the leaves green, breaks down and reveals the rich colors of the season.

Late October and November, and in some places December, are the best months for appreciating foliage. For Shanghai residents, Yellow Mountain in Anhui Province and Qixia Mountain in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, are easily accessible.

China has many regions where nature puts on spectacular shows, equal to those in Canada or the United States, and the trees include red maples and other varieties, beech, poplar, gingko, persimmon, smoke trees, torch trees, dogwood and many other species.

Here are some places to appreciate the colors of fall around China.

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