By Xinyi Li, EDITOR
Chongqing has one of the best colorful and sweet autumns. Different from normal plants, flowers in autumn have unique features. They do not have a gorgeous color, and there are even no butterflies dance for them. However, visitors enjoy the comfort when meeting autumn flowers and grasses.
Osmanthus fragrans is a plant blooms in autumn every year with a strong fragrance. Osmanthus flowers loom up in the city, but visitors can find them carefully with canary, yellow and orange color. The air reveals a concentration of the sweet fragrance with the wind.
There are many places to embrace the sweet osmanthus in each district in Chongqing. Following places can find osmanthus fragrans (in no particular order):
E’ling Park is not only a wonderful place to feel the osmanthus fragrans but also a perfect place to enjoy the night viewing of Chongqing. Visitors will be satisfied with viewing the skyline of night Chongqing with sweet osmanthus.
Address: NO. 176, E’ling Street, Yuzhong District
Transportation: CRT line 1 to E’ling, or bus 829
Taking a boat at Chongqing Garden Expo becomes the most recommended place at Yubei District for osmanthus.
Address: NO.1 Longjing Road, Yubei District
Transportation: CRT line 3 to Yuanboyuan, or bus 384
There are many different plants in Botanic Garden at Nanshan Mountain. It is a place for visitors to feel the nature. Moreover, there are more about 50 osmanthus trees with a long history.
Address: NO. 101, Nanshan Park Road, Nan’an District
Transportation: CRT line 3 to Terminal, or bus 384
The sweet fragrance of osmanthus fragrans is full of air in the quiet temple. The mixed fragrance of flowers and incense let visitors peaceful in the heart. Meanwhile, there are two rare osmanthus trees, Osmanthus fragrangs CV ‘zhusha’,means yellow red ones, with more than 100 years’ history. They make the temple ground all yellow red.
Address: Fu. 42, NO. 5, Huayan Village, Jiulongpo District
Transportation: bus 268, 325, 425
The osmanthus park at Tianchi Village, Gele Mountain is the biggest park for osmanthus at downtown Chongqing. Osmanthus petals fly everywhere with the wind, and it is like rainy. Tianchi Village offers visitors a chance to pick and taste flowers there.
Address: Tianchi Village, Gele Mountain, Shapingba District
Transportation: bus 276, 278, 280
Hong’en Temple Park is a large park with more than 10 thousand osmanthus trees inside. The park has a full range of osmanthus fragrans there. There is an osmanthus tree called “Matchmaker Osmanthus”, which has a diameter of 1.08m. This tree witnesses many love stories in decades.
Address: nearby No.305, Hongshi Road, Jiangbei District
Transportation: bus 602, 124, 145
Babinlu Road is the road along with the river in Ba’nan District. Visitors can embrace the fragrance of osmanthus by riding a bike there. Also, enjoying the riverside viewing at the same time is a perfect way to feel autumn in Chongqing.
Address: Babinlu Road, Ba’nan District
Transportation: bus 194, 340, 369
Almost every girl has a princess dream full of pink color. Chongqing has the pink muhly grass (hairawn muhly) land for pink lovers. It seems like to be in a fairytale world when walking in the grassland, surrounded by pink muhly grass.
It is in downtown Chongqing. Visitors can rent ancient costumes for photographing. Tongjing Hot Spring is not far from here.
Address: Niutian Road, Jixing Village, Gulu Town, Yubei District
Wansheng District: Shanggu Village
Pink muhly grassland is well-cultivated, and the grass is waist-high. During the holiday of National Day, activities about lantern riddles are open to the public. Otherwise, Black Valley and Ordovician Park are amazing places to visit, and Wansheng District is an obligatory stop to the Three Gorges.
Address: Jinqiao Town, Wansheng District
Except pink muhly grass, there are many other flowers from the world locate Fenghuang Valley. Meanwhile, grass skiing, climbing, and boating also satisfy visitors to have fun there.
Address: Henshan Town, Qijiang District