Getting to Red Leaf Valley is no mean feat. It took us over 2 hours to get there. While that’s what our friends’ directions told us to expect, I thought we could do better since we had these directions. We weren’t expat pioneers, while they had been. I thought we were leaving early enough by going at 8:30 am, now I’d advise someone to leave at 7.
We met some students who suggested we take a different bus to the first bus, which I think we should have ignored. Anyway that second bus was packed by the time we got to it, so we wound up taking a cab, which helped us make up some time. As you’d expect from the name Red Leaf Valley was aflame with red and gold this time of year. Hordes of people go there to see the foliage at its peak. They have several trails, a couple temples, a pond, tree houses and play equipment for children. While it’s a bit built up for the likes of say, John Muir, I enjoyed getting out and breathing some fresh air. The entrance fee is 60 rm, which is pricey, but they have discounts for seniors.
Getting back we squeezed on to a packed city bus. In hindsight, I recommend walking to the bus stop before Red Leaves Valley so you aren’t standing for 90 minutes or more.