5 BEST PLACES IN ASIA TO SEE FALL FOLIAGE & WHAT TO WEAR
Dreaming of an autumn getaway?
One of the best seasons to witness the beautiful changes in nature and gorgeous display of colours of fall foliage, it’s not too late to start planning for your autumn vacay.
Here are the best places that should be on your travel bucket list to enjoy the autumn foliage season across Asia. Plus, find out what to wear so you can stay stylishly comfortable while touring these destinations.
1. Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China
Jiuzhaigou nature reserve is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its astounding beauty and fairy-like landscapes. In autumn, the landscape comes to life with hues of fiery reds and yellows that perfectly complement the turquoise river running through the valley. Mid through end October is highly recommended for colourful leaf-peeping.
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Tips on what to wear: Go bold with the hottest trend this Fall/Winter season in a full-on checkered outfit. Deck yourself out in a checkered dress and go matchy with a pair of comfortable loud tartan plaid sneakers as you explore this picturesque national park. Tone down the ensemble with a dark-coloured coat, which also doubles up to keep you warm.
2. Nami Island, South Korea
Relive the Seoulful moments. Indulge in the beauty of fall foliage sans the hiking at Nami Island – a hot favourite since 2003 after appearing in the Korean drama Winter Sonata. Immerse in nature and stroll along its famous tree-lined roads, or wander among various forest trails and fully take in the vibrant autumn colours of scarlet, gold and amber. Highly recommended to visit in the last week of October or first week of November.
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Tips on what to wear: Channel femininity in a pleated v-neck dress and a trendy faux fur coat to amp up the look. Take the dainty look up a notch in a chic pointy-toe heels with a slingback ankle strap to flaunt your ankles – who knows? You might just meet your bae (Yong Joon) there. Tote a handy houndstooth printed shoulder bag to easily stash away your essentials.
3. Gingko Avenue, Tokyo, Japan
If you prefer not to venture out of the city but still want to enjoy the splash of autumn foliage, Icho Namiki Avenue or Gingko Avenue lined with rows of amazing gingko trees in a hue of mustard tone is highly recommended.Note that the transition is between Late October through December for the Kanto region. Once you are done with the poses, pop by one of the many cafes by the road or stroll through the fashion district of Gaeinmae for shopping.
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Tips on what to wear: Spice up your look with a touch of edgy modern attitude. Throw on a round neck coat over a silk blouse and complete the look with a mid-waist, faded boot-cut jeans. Make your look stand out with a pair of fall-appropriate heels and let it peek out under those jeans. Plaid fabric adds a fall appeal to any outfit, styled with a leg-lengthening pointy toe for extra-long legs in your #OOTD.
4. Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido, Japan
In Japan, the autumn foliage season begins the earliest in the Hokkaido region, lasting from Late September to Late October. Note that to catch the fall foliage at its prime, mid-October is the recommended period to visit Hokkaido. Be enchanted in a dazzling array of explosive colours in the shades of brown, red, yellow and orange in this UNESCO World Heritage site.
For the best autumn foliage spots, visit the Shiretoko Five Lakes. There are light nature trails for you to experience the best of the fall foliage in these areas. Or, opt for a car ride down Shiretoko Pass – a winding road, take in those magnificent sights and stop by those gorgeous hues for photo-op moments.
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Tips on what to wear: Trimmed with printed tartan fabric and a pointed toe detail, these pump heels exude a laidback feel. Pair them with cropped pants and a structured coat for a utilitarian chic look.