I absolutely adore fall. It’s beautiful. It’s romantic. It feels full of endless possibility. The air is cool, the sweaters are soft, and everything tastes like pumpkin or cinnamon.
Unfortunately, China doesn’t have quite as many places to see fall as Japan. But fortunately for me, one of the top 4 places in all of China to see fall leaves is about an hour from our town: Tianping Mountain.
We arrived around 9:30am and already there was a line of cars and hundreds of people queuing up to enter. Most were large tour groups who had traveled from other parts of China just to see these leaves!
Many of the hiking trails with the best views of leaves were packed with tourists. It was interesting to watch. Like ants going up a hill.
We chose a more quiet path away from the big crowds. It was beautiful and scenic. I liked that there were many different options in hiking paths. There’s stone pathways, more rocky climbs, and a paved road that loops around the grounds if you’re not big on hiking.
At the bottom of the mountain was a temple, food vendors, a clown show, and small games you can play to win stuffed animals. I got my Katniss on and shot some arrows for 20 RMB.
Mid-November is one of the best times to see fall leaves at Tianping Mountain so if you live nearby, this weekend is a great time to go. The entrance fee is 30 RMB for adults and they’re open from 7:30am – 5:00pm.
Random tibdit – while we were in Suzhou, we went to see a movie and by random coincidence, we ended up finding the Guinness World Record Largest Permanent 35mm screen. It measures 34.6 m (113.5 ft) in length and 26.8 m (87.9 ft) in height.
While it’s grandeur can’t be denied, it doesn’t seem very useful. The screen is extremely tall but since most films are shot in a 16×9 aspect ratio, most of the screen isn’t utilized.
Still, as a film nerd, it was exciting to see in person.
I’m sitting here in my brand new Uniqlo sweatpants, purchased on Chinese Black Friday. I was so surprised that some of our orders came in THE NEXT DAY. Our apartment’s mail room was a hot mess of boxes. I can only imagine how busy they’ve been since 11.11.