Autumn Days in Jiangxi Wuyuan County: the Maple Leaves in Shicheng Village Enter the Peak Fall Colors Period
On November 13, 2015, Shicheng Village in Wuyuan County will welcome the first wave of visitors that have come to the region to see the autumn colors of the maple leaves in full splendor.
Tour groups that have arrived on the high-speed trains serving the region, photography clubs and groups of journalists from leading media organizations plan gather at Shicheng Village on that day, a day that has traditionally represented the beginning of the autumn tourism season in Wuyuan County.
Golden rape flowers spread across the mountains and plains are what comes to most people’s minds when Wuyuan County is mentioned. Every November, Shicheng Village welcomes those special few days when the variety of colors of the maple leaves is at its peak. The autumn maple leaf has gradually become another calling card for visitors to the county.
Shicheng Village is named for the rock walls at the entrance to the village. Many ancient and now famous trees grow on both sides of the wall, the most impressive of which are about a hundred maple trees towering over 35 meters, significantly higher than the roofs of the homes that dot the village. The houses with their distinctive white walls and black tiles give the appearance of toy cubes when set against the erect, tall-standing trees.
Shicheng Village has also proven to be a paradise for amateur photographers during the peak autumn colors period from the 10th to end of the November. The fiery red of the maple leaves, the gray morning mist floating aside the tree trunks and white wisps of smoke rising from the kitchen chimneys in the morning transform the village into an autumnal fairyland. The village has frequently been named by the Chinese press as the Most Popular Tourism Destination for Enjoying Maple Leaves in China and as a Paradise for Amateur Photographers.