Even though it's still technically fall, the cold has settled in around Shanghai and northern China is seeing significant snowfall, in China's eastern and southern reaches you can still catch the last of the autumn colors.
While I do love Shanghai's platane trees that line many of the streets, especially in the former French Concession, the leaves simply turn brown and fall off en masse. However, find some gingko trees in Shanghai (People's Square is a good place to start) and you'll still see their golden leaves sparkling in this week's gorgeous sunshine.
If you can manage to get out to Suzhou or Hangzhou, you're bound to see some beautiful fall color in Suzhou's gardens or around the West Lake in Hangzhou. Better yet, get out into the tea villages where you can wander a bit and cycle in the mountains among the trees.
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Photo: Suzhou's Tiger Hill covered in golden gingko leaves. © Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.