Fall in Beijing is the nicest season of all. The temperature is great, the air quality is decent, and the yellow-orangish leaves on the city’s gingko trees decorate the streets and parks. However, you occasionally see groundskeepers and street cleaners playing Mother Nature by hitting branches with long sticks to remove leaves before they wither and fall naturally.
I guess that’s why I thought the snow in Beijing wouldn’t last long, because this army of workers would appear from nowhere and wipe away the white blanket in a couple of hours, whether with salt, brooms, or other unknown Chinese techniques.
I headed to Jingshan Park to get some footage, but I wasn’t alone. It seemed like half of the city’s population shared the same idea. The view from the top of the hill is impressive, no matter what time of the year you visit it. It doesn’t matter whether it is polluted, cloudy or sunny. On a snowy day, the snow-covered roofs give the Forbidden City a unique picturesque feel. A trip to the three-story pavilion, with hordes of other Beijingers, offers a magnificent view of the city in any season.