Peking University in Fall: A Symphony of Colors

NOV . 03 2012

Beijing's history and sights are too many to count, but some of its highlights are tucked away inside institutions of higher education, off the tourist track. Yes, guards keep watch of everybody entering the premises (and have been known to stop groups that don't look scholarly) but foreigners who look like they know where they're going will walk through without a hitch. Particularly in fall, Peking University (PKU, known as Beida to Chinese folk) abounds with jaw-dropping beautiful views, mostly around the central Weiming Lake.


It's a popular spot for students to relax and for shutterbugs to exercise their cameras. In the still morning, the lake becomes a perfect mirror, reflecting the colors of autumn and the surrounding traditional architecture.


The university is celebrated for its splendid campus grounds though (appropriately) it's better known for its academic record. Ranked as the 44th best university on the planet this year, it is also often ranked as the top university in Beijing.



Crystal reflections on Weiming Lake at PKU



 A young woman studies while enjoying the autumn sun at PKU.


 A traditional building on the PKU campus



Sweet gum tree leaves glow in the autumn sun at PKU.



A student sings Korean songs to an audience of trees at PKU.



A traditional ornamental column stands proud in front of a gingko tree at PKU.



Visitors pause in a PKU courtyard.



An athlete ponders the nature of his ball at PKU.


Photo by: William Wang


Edited by: Arthars