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Where to catch colors of autumn

Red is an auspicious color, and China blazes red and gold in autumn as nature puts on her last show before winter.
As the temperature drops and autumn days get shorter, many trees put on their spectacular displays of reds, oranges, yellows and purples, sometimes against sapphire skies.
Viewing the autumn foliage is popular in regions where the temperature drops and leaves of deciduous trees change color. The chlorophyll, which makes the leaves green, breaks down and reveals the rich colors of the season.
Late October and November, and in some places December, are the best months for appreciating foliage. China has many regions where nature puts on spectacular shows, equal to those in Canada or the United States, and the trees include red maples and other varieties, beech, poplar, gingko, persimmon, smoke trees, torch trees, dogwood and many other species.
Here are some places to appreciate the colors of fall around China.
Sichuan Province
Miyaluo, which means 'funny dam' in the Tibetan language, is China's biggest red leaf attraction, covering around 3,690 square kilometers. It's 263 kilometers northwest to Chengdu, the provincial capital.
The scenic area is 180 times larger than the Fragrant Hills in Beijing.
Mountains are decorated with maples, choke berry trees, mountain ash, silver birth, red birth and other trees.
The mountainous area is also home to the hospitable Qiang ethnic minority who build their houses of stone and invite visitors to join their campfire parties.
Kanas Lake
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
Another leaf-viewing destination is Kanas, in the far northwest of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Meaning 'beautiful, rich and mysterious' in Mongolian, Kanas features mountains, rivers and a lake that reflects the vivid foliage in a palette of reds, oranges, golds, ambers and green.
The lake looks milky white in the daytime because mountain streams pour powdery moraine material into the water; at night, it's dark blue.
Living in the remote area are the mysterious Tuwa ethnic group that numbers fewer than 2,000 people that live by hunting and herding. They live in virtual isolation and their homes are covered by heavy snow for even months of the year.
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