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Top 10 Places to Visit in October in China

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Oct. 30, 2023

October is the middle of autumn in China, and it is the best month to appreciate colorful autumn scenery. Cool weather in October can makes your tour in China more comfortable and enjoyable.

These places we recommend for October are all open for foreign visitors. If you are a shutterbug and looking for the most beautiful photography locations in October, these places are also great choices.

1. Daocheng Yading — The Last Pure Land on Earth

YadingYading Nature Reserve

Yading Nature Reserve is in Daocheng Country, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. It has breathtaking natural landscapes and is praised as "the last pure land on earth".

There are awe-inspiring and beautiful snow-covered mountains and highland plateau scenes including crystal rivers, sky-blue lakes, and rolling meadows. Hiking is the best way to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of Yading Nature Reserve. Usually, two days is suggested to explore the reserve.

Located on the edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau — the Roof of the World, Daocheng Yading has an altitude from 2,900 to 6,032 m (9,500–19,790 feet), so please prepare for the possibility of altitude sickness. The average temperature range of Daocheng Yading in October is from 0 to 15°C (32–59°F), so please bring warm clothes with you.

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2. Populus Euphratica Forest in Inner Mongolia

Ejina Euphrates Poplar ForestEjina Euphrates Poplar Forest

An Euphrates poplar golden leaves shoot in autumn is a dream trip for many photography lovers.

Ejina Euphrates Poplar Forest is one of the best remaining ancient desert poplar forest areas, and features dazzling golden leaves, dreamy water reflections, running sheep, and boundless deserts with longed-for camel riding opportunities. It is a good place for both sunrise and sunset shoots.

With its advantageous position adjacent to Gansu Province, Ejina Euphrates Poplar Forest is usually combined with a trip along the legendary Silk Road, with with the mysterious Mogao Caves, desert landscapes, and colorful landforms.

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3. Tibet — Autumn Plateau Scenery

TibetMount Everest

Tibet is attractive for its rich Tibetan culture, characteristic Tibetan houses, vast grasslands, herds of cattle and sheep, blue skiesy, clear water and fresh air.

Autumn is the best time to enjoy the view of snowcapped mountains from a distance. You will have better opportunities to see the peaks of Namcha Barwa or Mount Everest. It's a good time to hike and trek in Tibet.

4. Great Wall Hiking and Camping

Great Wall camping and hikingCamping on the Great Wall

Hiking of the wild Great Wall is definitely an amazing experience in October, especially during the Golden Week (National Day holidays) if you want to get away from crowds.

Hiking, camping, having a BBQ dinner, sharing beers with friends, appreciating the enchanting sunset and sunrise over the Great Wall... All these exciting things you experienced on the Great Wall will be your unforgettable memory.

5. Guilin

Guilin bikingBiking in Yangshuo

Autumn is the best time to visit Guilin weatherwise. This time of the year is very suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities. A hike among the rice terraces and a cruise on the Li River are very popular.

Cycle through the fields and ethnic villages in Yangshuo. You will also have the chance to learn about the local people's daily lifestyles in the villages or help them to do some farm work in the paddies.

6. Zhangjiajie — Precipitous Pillars


Zhangjiajie is world-renowned for its amazing rock pillar landscapes. You can spend 4 or 5 days hiking in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, enjoying panoramic views of the stunning Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon on the world's highest glass bridge, and taking the world's longest cable car ride to explore Tianmen Mountain.

October is the best time to visit Zhangjiajie as the weather is comfortable, the mountains are cool, and (apart from the National Holiday in the first week) it is quiet.

Most of the national forest in Zhangjiajie is evergreen, but, in October, Wolongling in the Tianzi Mountain area and Yaozi Village are the two best places to see fall foliage.

7. Kanas in North Xinjiang


Nestled in the deep forests and mountains of Altay, Kanas is a truly beautiful mountain lake. Nearby Kanas Lake is a village of the Tuwan tribe, which is a branch of the Mongolian ethnic group. They live in their traditional houses and practice their centuries-old traditions.

Autumn is the most beautiful season in Kanas. The changing hues of the birch trees, especially the bright yellows, mingle with the dark greens of the spruce and other evergreen trees, creating a colorful foreground to the snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance.

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8. Jiuzhaigou


Autumn is the best time to visit Jiuzhai Valley. It is particularly picturesque when the mountains, valleys, and lakes are splendidly robed in autumnal colors. Warm days, cool nights, and great vistas saturated with yellows, reds, and greens reflecting off the blue lakes are typical of autumn there.

9. Shangri-La

Shangri-La,Meili Snow MountainMeili Snow Mountain

Shangri-La's autumn is colorful and gorgeous. Golden alpine meadows, fiery red leafy oceans, and blue skies form a beautiful painting, presenting its ultimate natural beauty.

From October to early November is the best time to see Meili Snow Mountain, with the best combination of clear skies and conducive temperatures. It is the most suitable season for hiking. Hike to Yubeng Village, a secluded village said to be "close to heaven", or hike along one of the deepest gorges in the world — Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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10. Ningxia

Ningxia desertNingxia desert

October is a great month to visit the desert with exciting activities. After September, the ultraviolet rays become weaker, and the weather gradually becomes comfortable and not hot. Early September to early October is the season for picking grapes. Ningxia is one of the best places for winemaking.

Zhongwei provides wonderful entertainments in the desert including sand sledding, camel trekking, dune buggying, shuttle bus riding, speedboating, sheepskin rafting, glass bridge walking, and more and unique accommodation.

Ningxia is home to the largest number of Hui people in China. You could learn about Hui ethnic culture: enjoy morning tea with a full selection of Hui food and visit a Hui family.

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