It is getting cooler and cooler these days, and we are welcoming a few days of rain again. The heat in the hot summer is being driven away by the cool air, and I realize the autumn is waving to us. The autumn in Beijing is like a graceful lady fondling a hot-tempered boy, the scorching and muggy summer. Now the boy is calming down and falling asleep. He is saving energy for the next summer.
The autumn in Beijing is nice and cool. If you go to the suburbs, you will breathe the pure and fresh air, and see the mountains covered with leaves of motley colors: red, yellow, brown, and dark green. The sky is so high that your eye cannot reach, feather-like clouds float elegantly above your head, a road snakes far into the mountains.
An overnight stay in a farmer’s couryard would be a lot of fun. Sitting in a chair in the yard, bathed in the moonlight, you feel so relaxed and contented. Far away from the bustles and dins of the city, it is your own paradise. The whole family sit together, chatting and playing cards. My son likes it most because he can stay up late and do what he likes in the yard.
Autumn is also a season of fruit. Many fruit are in season now: grapes, pears, peaches, plums, apricots… I like grapes very much. Now, you can have various kinds of grapes in Beijing, even the ones from Xinjiang. The juicy fruit always whet my appetite.
Of course, Beijing is a good place for sightseeing. But, have you been to the Summer Palace at dusk? It is more beautiful than in the day. Most of the tourists have left and the park becomes quiet. The trees are lustred by the setting sun, and the lotus flowers are whispering on the water. The Seventeen-Arch Bridge is right ahead and you can vaguely see the carved stone lions. I also remember our visit to a small forest park nearby our home last year. It is called Baiwangshan and also a good place to enjoy red leaves in Beijing if you cannot make a trip to Xiang Shan ( It is always crowded at that time). It was late autumn and the leaves had turned red completely. We were amazed at the red everywhere when we climbed up to the top. Autumn is the best season in Beijing. Everything is so nice at this time. Maybe you may pay a visit here, from now till mid October. And I strongly recommend you to go to the suburbs, which are much better than the city.