Autumn is a season colored with gold, orange and reddish hues, undoubtedly that's the case in Hangzhou. Boasting spectacular scenery throughout the year, the city offers its visitors a place to relax and enjoy, especially in autumn.
When the city flower osmanthus perfumes the city, the autumn fun is there awaiting you.
Like what the winter jasmine blooming means to spring, the Chinese flame tree blossoms usually symbolize the beginning of autumn.
The tree is a species of Koelreuteria native to south China. In Hangzhou, Chinese flame trees are usually planted as border trees or landscape trees. Their flowers are small and yellow with a red petal, bearing a pleasant fragrance. Their fruit is a three-lobed inflated papery capsule of a faint reddish color, containing several hard, nut-like seeds, looking like a string of lanterns.
In Hangzhou's main urban areas, over 24,000 Chinese flame trees are planted, ranking the 4th in the total number of street trees. In summer, these deciduous trees are leafy, and their canopy arch shades the road below, while in winter, warm sunshine goes through the leafless branches leaving the shadow of twisted twigs on the asphalt road.
Well, right now, right this week, it's such a wonderful time for early autumn outings!