Autumn is not only a harvest season, but also a season for traveling. As temperatures drop and leaves turn yellow, tourism heats up all over China. Here, China.org.cn chooses the eight most beautiful destinations around the country for autumn sightseeing.
Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve, Hainan (海南东寨港红树林自然保护区)
Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve in Hainan [Chinese National Geography]
Dongzhaigang Nature Reserve, located in the northeast part of Hainan Province, is the first and biggest mangrove nature reserve in China. The mangrove tree, also known as "forest above the sea", is a kind of tropical tree, growing in swampy ground along sea coasts and river banks. In 1980, China's first nature reserve was established there by the local government, with a total area of 4,000 hectares. There are 81 kinds of mangrove trees in the world, and 32 kinds of them can be found in Dongzhaigang. Besides containing mangrove forests, the area is also home to many rare birds, attracting lots of biologists and travelers visit there to discover the reserve's unique flora and fauna.
Best Time to visit: September to April
Admission: 10 yuan
Getting there: Travel bus or taxi from downtown Haikou to Dongzhaigang.