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15 July 2015

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Paiya Mountain Forest Park

File photo (Photo/Chen Junming)

More than 1,000 mu (667 ha.) of Giant Redwoods (metasequoia) on Paiya Mountain in Jingzhou turn a foxy color in autumn. 
Bright fresh green in summer, these trees produce oxygen. In the autumn, their red-brown leaves dye the whole mountain. They were planted in 1970s and now reach 30 to 40 meters, and resemble huge red umbrellas. 
Paiya Mountain is located in the Jingzhou Miao and Dong Autonomous County. It is remote and untraveled. The most beautiful season here is autumn, thanks to the red leaves all over the mountain and their reflections in water. 
Admission: free
Opening hours: all day
Driving guide: Begin in Changsha, take the Shanghai-Kunming (Hukun) Expressway, Baotou-Maoming (Baomao) Expressway, Jingzhou Highway, and highway 222 to Paiya Mountain. It takes about 6 hours.