The fir forest by the Siming Lake in Yuyao ushered in the best viewing period, attracting waves of tourists to come.
Fir is any of the species of conifers belonging to the genusAbiesincluded in thePinaceae(or pine) family. These large trees, although closely related to cedars, can be distinguished from other conifers by their soft cones that perch upright like candles. Unlike the paired needles of spruce and bunched, cluster-like needles of pine trees, fir needles attach singly to the twigs with the arrangement resembling a small suction cup. Several fir species, including the balsam fir, are used as ornamental trees.
The genusAbiesincludes 48-56 species of true firs that are classified into nine extant sections and one extinct section. Other coniferous trees such as Douglas fir, joint fir, and hemlock fir are also called firs, but they are not true firs because they belong to different genera likePseudotsuga,Ephedra, andTsuga.
Located in Yuyao, west of Ningbo, Simingshan National Forest Park is famous for its fresh air and is an ideal place for outings. The best time to visit Siming Mountain is generally in October of each year when the maple leaves gradually paint the whole mountain red. The snow-covered Siming Mountain in winter is worth visiting. It is also very beautiful when the cherry blossoms bloom in March and April.
By Dong Na