當我們想到秋天的出遊聖地時，你可能會想到美國東北部的紅樹或西歐清冷的薄霧清晨。其實中國有 42% 的土地橫跨荒野，是冬季前欣賞大自然色彩的最佳地點之一。
大家好，我是 Kyle Obermann。The China Current特約撰稿人，在這裡我會向你展示「野性中國」。
When we think of autumn destinations, we may imagine the bright red trees of the northeastern United States or the crisp cold misty mornings of western Europe. But with 42% of the country spanning wilderness, China is one of the best places to see nature show off its colors before winter.
Hi, I’m Kyle Obermann, Nature Contributor for The China Current, showing China’s wild side.
In this episode, I’m going to give you some insider tips of some off-the-beaten-path destinations that are definitely worth visiting in China during the fall.
Fall in China is my favorite season. The summer rains stop, the air becomes crisp, and the landscape transforms into a prism of warm hues
One of the earliest places I fell in love with in China, that you also probably have never heard of, is Mount Xiaowutai, right next to Beijing. We mentioned in a previous episode how leopards are getting closer and closer to return to Beijing… well this mountain is part of their wild habitat.
It’s also a paradise for hiking, where you can get to see some of China’s best fall colors, hike through narrow canyons, and escape to a destination few know about or visit.
Shortly after I went camping there, the most remote parts of the mountain were closed off to hikers due to excess litter and impact on this sensitive ecosystem. So please remember that enjoying these places is a special privilege, and we need to be leaving them as wild and pristine as we found them for others to enjoy.
Another place I’d recommend exploring, much farther south, is Mount Wugong in China’s Jiangxi province. But watch out for the forecast… the winds here are famously strong and can even be dangerous. But if you get the timing right, this is one of the best hikes in China.
Further inland, the Ejina Desert Poplar Forest in Inner Mongolia is truly one of a kind. The golden poplars framed by the desert and reflected in these desert oasis make this location one of the most special experiences in China that is impossible to find elsewhere in the world.
Speaking of color, let’s not forget Panjin’s Red Beach to the north of Beijing. This is one of the world’s largest wetlands and turns a deep, crimson red every fall as the plant species here soak in saltwater from the ocean. The sea of red looks simply otherworldly, and is definitely worth the six hours journey from China’s capital.
And, last but not least, there’s Mount Siguniang, or “Mount Four Sisters”, and the surrounding valleys close to my home in Sichuan province. This is one of my personal favorite destinations, and it's only a three and a half hour’s drive from Chengdu to the base of this Himalayan peak of over 6,000m in the Tibetan regions. Here you’ll not only encounter Tibetan culture, but an entirely different ecosystem filled with golden Chinese larch and also snow leopards. Although, you probably won’t be lucky enough to see one.
China’s list of wild places are exhaustive, but these should definitely be on your to-do-list this fall. Getting out into nature is the first step in learning to appreciate and take care of it.