Beijing is a dry northern city that is depressingly cold
in winter and dismally hot in summer while the spring, that
ought to be the season of delectation, actually is the most
disturbing, as sand storms from the Mongolia desert keep
disheartening its spirits.
But autumn is another story entirely, when the sky looks
blue, the clouds appear to be white, the air is invisible
and the land, rendered by fallen leaves, is in the colour
of gold. Yet what makes many people fall for Beijing’s season
of fall is its radiant cheery red - with its magic touch
this plain-looking lady is transformed into the drop dead
In recent years, Beijing began a project to put a bit more
make-ups on the capital, and by now a belt 200 kilometres
long with multi-coloured plantations has formed, that is
like a bright ribbon adorning the city.
But still, only the Fragrant Hills, located further west
of the Summer Palace, could be called the tempting red lips
of Beijing. Each year during November the leaves of 90,000
smoke tress turn blazing red like wildfire spreading all
over the mountains.
On October 30, the Double Nine Festival, it is reported
that about 20,000 people took the journey to the west, although
by then only 60 per cent of the leaves were coloured. This
weekend, as the pretty woman has finally finished her make-up,
there could be even more fans lining up to kiss her lips.