Express Train Bound for Autumn--Ten Greatest Autumn Landscapes in Sichuan Province
Written by Li Zhongdong
Compared with other provinces, seasons in Sichuan are clearer. Also, people living here could appreciate four typical seasons in the whole year and visual enjoyment by seasons changing. Beautiful scenery is changing in turn as seasons change, flowers are in bloom in spring, trees are lush and green in summer, scenery is colorful in autumn, and wind is soughing in winter. Different from scenery in other seasons, autumn scenery, flying but rich, is most charming.
In September, autumn extends from Tibetan Plateau to Chengdu Plain. During the first ten days in September, trees that growing over an elevation of 3,500 meters above sea level starts to turn yellow. The contrast between landform and the variety of terrain make autumn in Sichuan more extended both in time and space. In September, autumn extends from Tibetan Plateau to Chengdu Plain. During the first ten days in September, trees that growing over an elevation of 3,500 meters above sea level starts to turn yellow. The whole Hengduan Mountains are bathed in the beauty of autumn and colorful plants, includes Red Meadow in Daocheng, poplars in Xindu Bridge, and woods in Jiuzhai Valley. During the end of September to the beginning of November, mountains located at an elevation of 2,000 meters above sea level turn colorful gradually. For instance, in Heishui River, Mi Yaluo, and Guangwu Mountain, the deep-dyed serried woods presented a beautiful view. In November, when plateau and hilly area become bleak, autumn finally arrived at Sichuan Basin and surroundings. Ginkgo growing in streets turns yellow in one day. The charming beauty of autumn in Sichuan would not end until the last yellow leaf falls.
Its singular natural sights, combined with rich ethnic features, make it charming and delightful. Daocheng County is multicolored with red, green, white, and blue. Both the jokful in distance and lake in vicinity are pure and clean. In Jiuzhai Valley, colorful woods stood out against the Cuihai Lake; blue is a good toil to colors. The beauty of autumn in Guangwu Mountain is lovely and numerous cheerful, such as tree leaves, murmuring river, and lakes, etc. Although there is no such large forest as other spots, the charming girls and the golden ginkgo are great attractions to visitors who tend to linger on there.
01. Flavor of the paradise: Jiuzhai Valley
Reasons of Recommendation: In top 10 Chinese spots which are famous for their scenery of autumn, Jiuzhai Valley is No.2, ranking only second to Kanas Lake. It is famous for its various lakes and waterfalls as well as colorful woods.
Scenic Spots: Shuzheng Lakes, NuoRiL ang Waterfalls, NuoRiLang Lakes, Mirror Lakes, and Colored Sea Scenic Area, etc.
The Best Time: From the middle ten days of September to the beginning of November.
Transport Information: There are several flights between Chengdu and Jiuzhai Valley, which would fly for 30 minutes.
The beauty of Shangri-la: Daocheng County
Reasons of Recommendation: In top 10 Chinese spots which are famous for their scenery of autumn, Daocheng County is No.5, which is the most impressive spot for photographing. It is famous for jokul, red meadow, colorful woods, and residences of Tibetan nationality.
Scenic Spots: Daocheng River, Yading scenic spot, Echu Mountain, and Red Meadow.
The Best Time: From the first ten days of September to the end of September.
Transport Information: There are three or four flights between Chengdu and Jiuzhai Valley every day, flying about 1.5 hours.
03. The most attractive landscape: Guangwu Mountain
Reasons of Recommendation: It is a stunning one in the Daba Mountain Chain with the combination of water and red leaves being the most attractive in China. Every autumn, a wide variety of colorful autumn leaves blossomed within thousands of mountains to be reflected against the streams and rivers, waterfalls and ponds. Signifying the color and light, the autumn leaves transformed the Guangwu Mountain into a fairyland.
Scenic Spots: Dalan Ditch, Xiaolan Ditch, Black Bear Ditch, Xianglu Mountain, Natural Galley, Shiba Yuetan Pool.
The Best Time: From end of October to early November
Transport Information: Take a bus in the Chengdu North Railway Station (liang Jia Xiang Station) to Bazhong (it departs every 30 minutes) and then transfer to another bus in Jiangbei Terminal bound for Guangwu Mountain.
04. Holy Mountain in the Orient: Mount Sigu’niang
Reasons of Recommendation: It is the highest peak of the Qionglai mountains and exists with the forms of snow mountain, glacier, meadow, forest, lake and Tibetan village. The double bridge groove is the most popular one with tourists.
Scenic Spots: The scenic spots are composed of Shuangqiao Ditch, Changping Ditch and Haizi Ditch, with the Shuangqiao Ditch, Penjing River Shoal, Sigu Nacuo, Redwoods gaining the most popular support.
The Best Time: Mid-October to early November
Transport Information: Take a bus bound for Xiaojin, the ticket price of which is 136 RMB per person, and then get on another bus in Dawei; finally take a minibus bound for Rilong Town and it takes about 30 minutes with 10 RMB per person.
05. Unknown wonderland: Yala Snow Mountain
Reasons of Recommendation: Very few tourists know the name of this secret area and it is characterized by scenic spots like snow mountain, colorful forest, combination of lakes. Mr.Chen Huizhong improvise a poem when he climbed on the top of the Yala Mountain and published it in 1928 on a monthly magazine named Border Policy in the reign of National Government. Yala Snow Mountain, located southeast of Bamei Stone Forest, is 5820 meters above the sea level. If you stand on the summit of it, you can see far over the Gongga Mountain. It is also one of the famous snow mountains in the Kangba District. At the same time, it is one of the four sacred mountains recorded in the famous Tibetan Epic of King Gesar. The colorful forest is dominated by redwoods and other larch trees with an golden tone.
Scenic Spots: Geda Liangzi, Taizhan Ditch, Lake Youcuo
The Best Time:Mid-October to early November
Transport Information: Take a charted bus from Kangding County to Yala Village, Zhonggu County, and the total carfare is about 120 RMB.
06. Heaven for Photographers: Xinduqiao Bridge
Reasons of Recommendation: It is the most famous shooting site for photographers in Sichuan Province and is characterized by golden spot poplar, Tibetan villages, a combination of rivers.
Scenic Spots: Along the road bound from Zheduo Mountain to Xinduqiao Bridge, and from Xinduqiao Bridge to Jiagenba Dam.
The Best Time: Early October to the end of October
Transport Information: In the new Nanmen Bus Station of Chengdu, you can buy the bus ticket bound for Yajiang, then get off the bus at the stop of Yake post, Xinduqiao Bridge.
07. A World of Color: Heishui
Reasons of Recommendation: It has the largest colorful forest areas in China, which enjoys the longest cruise season and the strongest sense of depth. It is characterized by glaciers, calcium shoals and steams, colorful forest, Tibetan villages.
Scenic Spots: Kalong Ditch, Naizi Ditch, Dagu Glacier.
The Best Time: End of September to the Mid-November
Transport Information: In the Chadianzi Bus Station of Chengdu, you can take a bus straight to Heishui and it is charged 73 RMB.
08. Beautiful Habitat: Danba
Reasons of Recommendation: It has the reputation of the most beautiful village and thousands of blockhouses in China and is characterized by Tibetan villages, ancient stone towers and colorful forest.
Scenic Spots: Jiaju, Suopo Slope, Zhonglu, Dangling, Mosca.
The Best Time: Early October to Mid-November
Transport Information: In the Chadianzi Bus Station of Chengdu, you can take a bus straight to Danba and it is charged 70 RMB.
09. Colorful Prairie -- Tagong
Reasons of Recommendation: It has the most beautiful snow mountain and the most gorgeous bright-colored grassland and is characterized by red grass, stone forest, meanders, small lakes. It had the rare scenery on the Tibetan Plateau to which few people pay attention.
Scenic Spots: Jiajika, Tagong Grassland, Kangding Airport Expressway
The Best Time: End of September to Mid-November
Transport Information: There are two or three flights between Chengdu and Kangding County every day, flying about 1 hour.
10. Poetic winding leaves: Ginkgo in Chengdu
Reasons of Recommendation: As the city tree of Chengdu city, ginkgo trees appear very frequent to a large extent on the streets. In the autumn, with the appearance of the beautiful leaves turn golden. Those good-looking leaves have become the most romantic element in Chengdu, which is characterized by ginkgo trees, the modern building, beautiful girls.
Scenic Spots: Dayi Baiyan Temple, Central Jinli Road, Jinxiu Lane, campus of UESTC, People’s Park.
The Best Time: End of November - early December