Maple Leaves on Orange Isle and Yuelu Mountain
Yuelu Mountain, located to the west of the Xiangjiang in Changsha, is one of China’s four best autumn foliage viewing locations. In late autumn, maple leaves which dominate the mountain are at their prettiest. They can be seen all over the mountain, especially at Aiwan Pavilion, Qingfeng Gorge, Lushan Temple, and on the top.
Orange Isle commands a fine longer view of its foliage. Mao Zedong’s poem describes it: “While on Orange Island cape, I see upon thousands of vermillion mountains, layer upon layer of woods dyed crimson and scarlet”.
(Photo source: voc.com.cn)
The oranges on Orange Isle gets mature in autumn. Bright orange fruits and red maples decorate it.
Admission: free (Yuelu Academy at the foot of Yuelu mountain: 50 yuan)
Opening hours: all day
How to get there:
Yuelu Mountain: Take the No.1 Lvyou Bus; the 132, 202, or 305 bus; or the Lishan Bus to either the Taozihu (桃子湖), or Hunan University (湖南大学) stop, and walk up Pailou Road and Denggao Road to the mountain.
Orange Isle: Take Changsha Subway Line 2; or, walk along the No. 1 Xiangjiang River Bridge to the isle.