For a lake view of fall foliage, head to Jinhai Lake, one of the city's three reservoirs that’s surrounded by beautiful mountains which turn orange and red in the autumn. As well as providing plenty of photo-snapping opportunities, this serene location is home to more than 60 species of bird and water bird, including white storks and grey-crowned cranes.
Go for a tranquil stroll along the long, colourful walkway with traditional eaves, where you can sit on the benches and have a leisurely picnic. Or, if you're up for an adrenaline rush, go on a two-person kayak (100RMB an hour) or a pedal (80RMB an hour, or even a jet ski (25RMB a minute).
Get there Take the 852 bus from Dongzhimen to Pinggu bus station (17 stops). Then take the 45 bus to Jinhai Lake station (12 stops).