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Sea of maple leaves, Yangjia Stream scenic spot in Xiapu

The scarlet maple leaves at Yangjia Stream scenic spot in Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian
 
            
 
           
 
 
Autumn is leaving in Fujian this year and the weather is cooling down day by day, so now is the perfect time to see the scarlet maple leaves at their prettiest. When mentioning maple leaves, you may have thought of Fragrance Hill in Beijing and some other Chinese northern cities.

Actually, you don't have to bother to go afar. There is a nice place for maple leaf appreciation in Xiapu, Fujian – the Yangjia Stream scenic spot, which is named the 5th largest resort for maple leaf appreciation in China, following Fragrance Hill in Beijing, Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, Tianping Mountain in Suzhou and Qixia Mountain in Nanjing.

Yangjia Stream scenic spot is located in Xiapu town, Ningde. The stream was named by Yang Wenguang (杨文广), the son of Yang Zongbao (杨宗保) and Mu Guiying (穆桂英), who are well known warriors of the Yang clan in Northern Song Dynasty. The scenic spot stretches 250 mu (approximately 41.7 acres). It is a maple resort with the lowest latitude in the North Hemisphere.

When autumn arrives, the scenic spot is blanketed by fiery red leaves. Every year, thousands of visitors come to the park to view the natural beauty.

What's more stunningly is that the maple forest is dotted with 17 ancient banyan trees, swaying phragmites, white or pink, old bridges and houses, and wandering streams. The banyan trees are green all around the year, adding much charm to the flaming maple leaves in autumn.

Best time to appreciate maple leaves:
Mid-November – mid-February

How to get there:

1). Self-driving
Route: Drive along the Shenhai Expressway and get off at the Hutong Exit in Yacheng Town, Xiapu. It's about 8 kilometers away from Dutou Village, where the scenic spot is located.

2). Take a bullet train
Start from Xiamen Railway Station to Xiapu Station, then take a taxi there.

3). Take a long-distance bus
Start from Songbai Long-distance Bus Station to Xiapu, then take a taxi there.

4). Use a travel agent
Renting a van with a driver is the next best alternative.

SOURCE: WOX Travel

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