Autumn, a season brandishing gold, orange and reddish hues, is for much of the world one of the most beautiful seasons to follow a sweltering hot summer. This is certainly the case for Hangzhou. Boasting spectacular scenery throughout the year, this most vibrant city offers its visitors many a place in which to fall in love with autumn.
White Pagoda Park
Located at the banks of Qianjiang River, the White Pagoda Park is the original site of Hangzhou's first railway station and also the home of the historical White Pagoda which dates back to the late period of Wuyue Kingdom during the Five Dynasties (907-960). In autumn, travelling by an old-fashioned train through the park's golden ginkgo forest is what fairy tales are made of.
Best time to visit: late October – November
How to get there: take bus No. 119 to the bus stop of Bai Ta Ling Bei Zhan (North of White Pagoda Hill )
Changle Forest Farm
Changle Forest Farm is a natural forest farm enjoying a wide variety of tall trees like the camphor tree, Chinese torreya, maple tree and Chinese fir which, with their flame-red, golden-yellow and verdant leaves, could paint a brightly colored oil painting of autumn. Walking along the forest paths, covered in a carpet of fallen leaves, certainly give you a full sense of autumn.
Best time to visit: late November
How to get there: take bus No. 479 in Yuhang West Station to the bus stop of Chang Le Qiao (Changle bridge)
Compared with Su Causeway and Bai Causeway, Yanggong Causeway is less crowded and therefore less spoilt and rich in idyllic charm. Yanggong Causeway, in autumn, is highlighted with stretches of snow white reed catkins which can either be seen flowing on the shimmering waters or dancing in the air with the breeze.
How to get there: Take bus No. Y5 to the bus stop of Yu Hu Wan (Yu Hu Bay)
The sun is shining and the autumn wind is just right. In such good weather, it is a good idea to travel back in time in the Hangzhou Confucius Temple. Here, you can cultivate your mind and soul. In the temple, tablets can be seen everywhere, positioning people instantly in the ancient seat of learning in the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty. Here, you can stop and appreciate the ancient moss-covered stone tiles, which seems to narrate the thousands-of-year history of the Confucius Temple.