Today is the 100th continuously rainless and snowless day for Beijing. That means in the past 100 days Beijing has had no rain, no snow! What a dry day in a dry city like Beijing in northen China. The tempertation to touch the ice and snow was so great that the day before yesterday I went to Shichahai Ice Skating Rink feeding my eyes with a world of ice
Don’t be so disappointed if you cannot see the natural snow and you are fed up with the man-made snow all over the parks and some indoors stadiums in Beijing due to its notoriously wasting of water resources. You still can find abundant natural ice in the lakes and canals in Beijing.
There are a number of open-air ice skating rinks inside the some lakes in Beijing Shichahai Lake is one of favorite outdoor ice skating rinks for many local skaters. Shichahai Lake is composed of three connected lakes, namely Qianhai Lake ( fronk lake), Houhai Lake (back lake) and Xihai Lake ( West Lake). At the time of my writing, only Qianhai lake is open to ice skaters close to the lotus market and public bar area along the lake.
It is a great fun to ice skate at picturesque Qianhai lake in the winter. I’m not an ice skater, but much delighted to observe the local people having a great time sliding around in their improvised ice-chairs and ice-bicycles.
Shichahai Lake Ice Skating Rink Information:
Entrance Fee: RMB 5 (weekday); RMB 10 (weekend and holidays)
Ice-chairs: RMB 20 ( no time limitation) Deposit: RMB 30
Ice Skating Shoes: RMB RMb 20 (no time limitation) Deposit: RMB 100/pair
Ice Bike: RMB 30 Deposit: RMB 100
Qianhai Ice Skating Rink (Houhai)
Being Coached on how to skate
Carefully control and avoid falling down
A family game
The icy cold has failed to stop the two foreigners enjoying the ice fun.
Check Top 10 Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing below:
Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks
Shichahai Skating Rink ( popularly known as Houhai)
Shichahai skating rink is located in Houhai, Xicheng District. It is an open-air skating rink. Warm your body up before playing outside and keep moving!
Opening time: Late winter (depending on the time when water frozen)
Tickets: 5 RMB on weekdays, 10 RMB for weekends, 30 RMB to rent a sleigh and no time limitation.
Beihai Park Skating Field
Add: In the Beihai Park
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Valid Time: open in the icing period in winter subject to the winter temperature
Beihai Park Skating Rink: Skaters can enjoy the views of white tower, travel winter landscape, so as to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and find endless joy and excitement here.
Weiming Lake Skating Rink
Weiming Lake is an artificial lake inside the Peking University. In an icey winter time, the water turns into ice and people can skate on the ice. There is no ticket for entering the Peking University and it only takes you some money to hire a pair of skates. It is a very popular skating rink, people at all ages skate on the ice in a happy mood.
Opening time: Late winter depending on the weather condition.
Tao Ranting Park
There are two skating courses currently at the Tao Ranting Park, one is at the south lake close to the south gate, the other is to the north of the lake, close to East and North gates.
Price: ice truck for single person: 10 Yuan/hour, ice truck for two people: 20 Yuan/hour, 50 Yuan for deposit. (The park does not provide ice boots to hire.)
Add: No. 19 Taiping Street, Xuanwu District. T
ake bus No. 40, 59, 102, 343, 603 or 819 and get off at Taipingjie Stop.
Dubbed the largest ice course in Beijing, Zizhuyuan Park has the longest slide of 17.5 meters.
Slide: RMB 5
Ice truck: RMB 10/hour
Ice ship: RMB 20/hour
Bicycle on ice: RMB 30/half hour
Ice chair: RMB 10/hour
Skating course: RMB 10
Traffic: Take bus No. 114, 300, 323, 334, 374, 811, 814 or 817 and get off at Bishiqiao stop
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm.
Add: 45 Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian District.
Tel: 8841 2830
Top Indoor Icen Skating Rinks
All Star Ice Rink
Located on the first floor of Solana Mall, the ice rink covers 800 square meters and is fit for both entertainment and professional competition. All-Star offers kids’classes staffed by coaches from the Chinese national skating team. The rink is equipped with first-class lighting and acoustic system, which creates a dreamy, movie-like atmosphere.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Add: 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.
Tel: 5905 6328
Century Star Club (Capital Indoor Stadium Ice Rink)
This skating rink is located in No.54, southern street in Zhongguancun, Haidian District. The environment there is pretty good for professional athletes usually get trained there. As a result, the ticket there is a little bit expensive than in other places.
Opening time: 9:00am -7:00 pm
Tickets: 40 for the weekdays, 50 for the weekends with no time limitation.
Tel: 6834 6346
New World Champion Skating Rink
The skating rink is located in the new world department store in Chongwenmen 5 Street in Chongwen District. It is inside a big shopping mall so parents would like to take their children there. Children can skating while mums shopping.
Opening time: 9:00 – 21:30 on weekdays and 9:30 – 22:00 for the weekends.
Tickets: 45 RMB for one and half an hour
Add: 2nd phase project of New World Shopping Mall, Chongwenmen
Champion Skating Rink
RMB 30 (10-11.30am) weekdays for 1.5 hours, including shoes, RMB 40 (11.30am-5pm), weekdays after 5pm and weekends RMB 50/1.5 hours. RMB 10 more for every additional 30 minutes.
Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm.
Add: B2/F, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District.
Tel: 8887 4899
Hokay Skating Center
Aside from hosting international hockey competitions, Hokay is also a great venue for figure skating. Various training classes on offer and the friendly, professional coaches are available at all times to provide assistance.
Prices: RMB 45/90 min, plus RMB 10 for skate rental.
Opening Hours: Daily noon – 8pm.
Add: Inside Xinglong Gongyuan, Gaobeidian, Chaoyang District.
Tel: 8577 8001
Chills and spills for skaters and shoppers at this small indoor rink in the World Trade Center. Be warned that the rink can get seriously crowded with ice princesses on holidays and weekend afternoons.
Prices: RMB 120/150 for a 40-minute private lesson.
Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm).
Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Add: B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.
Tel: 6505 5776
The rink is relatively small, thus suitable for beginners. Its surface area measures 200 square meters, about the size of a convenience store.
The water fountains in the main plaza have been replaced by this kid-friendly ice rink for the winter.
Prices: RMB 32 (including shoes and RMB 2 for insurance) /90min.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm. d
Add: 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District.
tel: 6417 6110
The Ice Zone
This small rink in Shunyi offers skating classes for beginners and intermediates, private lessons, 3-on-3 ice hockey programs, and beginners’ hockey for adults and children. Prices: RMB 50 (weekends) and RMB 30 (weekdays) and includes skate rental.
Prices: RMB 150 (CN)/300 (EN) per hour.
Opening Hours: Daily noon-4pm.
Aff: 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District.
Tel: 8046 6092
Xiyue Ice Skating
This indoor facility spans 1,000 square meters.
Prices: 90 minutes of ice time (including shoes) costs RMB 35 (weekdays) or RMB 45 (nights and weekends).
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-9.30pm
Add: Xidan Cultural Centre (in 77th Street), Xicheng District.
Tel: 6602 0050
Zilongxiang Ice Rink
Prices: RMB 16 per hour for children, RMB 26 for adults.
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, close on Monday 9am-9pm. N
Add: North gate of Ditan Park, A14 Hepingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District.
Tel: 6429 1619
Shangmei covers 1,600 square meters and has an elliptic ice field of 900 square meters. Transparent glass surrounds the field and skaters can watch themselves on the big screen. A computerized monitoring system maintains the temperature of the ice steady at -1 degree Celsius and the indoor environment at 17 degrees. Skates, protective gear, skating clothes and related equipment are available for hire. The rink has a rest area, dressing room and gym.
Address: Basement 4, Xidan Cultural Square, 180 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Tel: 010-6603 0050
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday
Prices: RMB 25 - RMB 35 /90min
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