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How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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Planning your Great Wall Tour  in winter? You may have been told that winter is not the right season for visiting Great Wall, but for whatever the reasons, you happen to hike the Great Wall of China during the cold season, so you are now a bit on the fence about visiting the Great Wall.

Well, everything has its two sides. The so-called best seasons often see the Great Wall mobbed by the numerous tourist groups and you may waste much of your valuable time on the way from your hotel to the Wall (traffic jam). On the Wall, you have to take group photos since there are a great number of people on the Wall.

Walking from Jiankou Great Wall to Mutianyu Great Wall  in winter.

Jiankou to Mutuanyu

Jiankou to Mutianyu Winter Hike

Great Wall winter hike has its advantages – the tourist crowds are gone so you can walk along the Great Wall hassle free. The prices are lower for Great Wall transportation and admission.

Of course, hiking the Great Wall is a bit daunting if you are unlucky to visit the Wall on a cold and blusterous day. If well dressed for the winter Wall hikes, visiting the Great Wall in winter is still not a bad idea.

We’re going to share with you some ideas on how to dress for Great Wall winter hikes. Dressing for the season and having the right clothing items for colder temperature on the Wall.

1. Check historical climate data and weather forecast
Before leaving for Beijing,  you’d better check Beijing’s historical climate data ( day by day temperature ) to get a general assessment of the weather condition on your real hiking date.

Beijing’s winter normally starts from mid-November through mid-March. Check out the following Beijing’s historical climate data on the winter months in Beijing:

How to Visit Beijing in November                       How to Visit Beijing in December
How to Visit Beijing in January                            How to Visit Beijing in February
How to Visit Beijing in March

In winter Beijing has short days, dark 4-5 pm. The ticket selling for major attractions is closed after 4.30pm. The sights stay open all year round.

When you arrive, don’t forget to check the current weather in Beijing and choose your better day for visiting Great Wall in the cold month.

You may also check out the following realtime weather photos to get a general idea of how the current weather looks like and how local people are dressed:

Beijing November Realtime Weather Photos   Beijing December Realtime Weather Photos
Beijing January Realtime Weather Photos        Beijing February Realtime Weather Photos
Beijing March Realtime Weather Photos

2. Dressing in Layers
A heavy coat gives you little opportunity to act or adjust in weather conditions. For the better hiking  and comfort, you need to dress in layers.

Base Layer
The purpose of wearing the first body layer is to make  your skin dry by removing moisture possibly produced by perspiring. Kindly remind you not to wear cotton base layer for it keeps the moisture,  leaving you disagreeably moist, sticky if you are sweating.  You’d better choose the shirts made from light merino wool or synthetic fibers.

Middle Layer
This middle layer is the insulation layer,  important for keeping your body warm.  For the same reason trying to avoid the cotton which dries slowly and select  sweaters, vests and jackets which are made of polyester fleece, warm and quick to dry.

Jacket Outer Layer
You need to have a waterproof or water-resistant outer layover to keep you from snow, rain, and wind. Try to have a warm jacket lightweight with good breathability. A warm jacket with zippers and vents is important for you to regulate your body temperature.

3. Feet Protection
Footwear
Basically it is unnecessary to wear a pair of heavy hiking boots since most of the time you will walk on the stone steps on the wall. Avoid leather shoes which can freeze.

Looking for the shoes made from a mix of plastic and rubber. Basically sport shoes are ok for Great Wall hiking in winter. If you are going to hike the unrestored wild sections of the Wall, a pair of gaiters can add a measure of protection against the shrubs and bushes on the way.

Socks
Your feet also need layering too. It is essential to put on a pair of thin and tight-fitting socks that keep your feet dry and warm. Your outer layer socks should be also made from merino wool or synthetic material. Your outer layer socks should not be too thick otherwise they will reduce the circulation in your shoes.

4. Hands Protection
To keep your hands from become cracked, rough, or sore, you definitely need to have a pair of gloves to reduce  the risk of frostbite and chapping to your hands. Basically people prefer gloves than mittens, not having to expose your hands.

5. Head and Face Protection
It is a common knowledge that we lose our body heat through our heads, so we need to have a warm hat. It is essential to wear a hat with ear flaps, a ushanka, a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, keeping your ears from the cold. In addition, ready for a scarf to protect your face.

5. Where to buy the winter clothes?
For those who live in a warm climate, winter clothes are a bit hard to get from their home country. No worry about that. Hats, gloves, winter jackets and the list could be much longer, can be easily bought in Beijing. Going to Silk Market is a good choice to arm yourself for the winter tour in Beijing ( Top 10 Beijing Markets including Silk Market).

 

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

 

Further Readings


How to visit Mutianyu Great Wall by bus.
Tips for Visiting Great Wall around Beijing
How to Visit Beijing in Winter
Visiting Great Wall by Train
Go to Badaling Great Wall by Bus
Great Wall Tour
Top 10 Markets in Beijing

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Ski Resorts Review

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
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If you make a Beijing Travel in winter, skiing is highly recommended on your Beijing Travel plan no matter you are an experienced skier or you never have had any experience of skiing.

Beijing is a metropolitan enclave that requires only 1-4 hour’s drive to reach the ski slopes. Several ski hills sit right on the edge of the city.

A dry and less snow city, most of the Ski Resorts in Beijing produce some of the best man-made snow in the world with hi-tech snow making equipment and groomers to make sure that the runs are always in perfect condition.

There are dozens of ski resorts around Beijing within the range of one hour – 4 hours’ drive. The following 4 ski fields are mostly welcome due to its featuring market positioning catering for different groups of skiers.

Nanshan Ski Resort – most suitable for the energetic and skilful young people

Nanshan Ski Resort is the most successful ski resort in Beijing. Each year it receives over twenty hundred thousand skiers.

One and half hour drive puts you in Nanshan Ski Resort located in Miyun County in the northeast of Beijing. Majority of the skiers coming to Nanshan are young people who are energetic and skilful in skiing and snowboarding.

Transportation
1 Jingcheng Highway – Exit 15, Shunmi Road – Nanshan Ski Resort
2 Airport Highway – Airport North Line – Exit Pinggu – turn lift after Chaobai River – Shunmi Road – Nanshan Ski Resort
3 Jingshu Road – Kulijshu Traffic Circle – Kaifang Traffic Circle – Jingmi Fast Lane – Turn right at West Bridge – Nanshan Ski Resort
4 Take Bus No.980, the Dongmi Special Railway line, stop at West Bridge, take taxi to Nanshan Ski Resort

Jundushan Ski Resort – the hangout for the elegant and high-end gentlemen

Jundushan Ski Resort is favored by the people with the age bwtween 40-55. It is located in the famous Xiaotangshan Landscape Resort Area in Changping District, about over 50 kms from the center of Beijing. Extending your trip to one hour finds you in Junshan Ski Resort.

 

1. Exit 13C at Badaling Highway – Xiguan Traffic Circle – Dongguan Traffic Circle – Jundu Ski Resort
2.Exit 11 (Xiaotangshan) at Badaling Highway – Jingmi Yinshuiqu – northward after seeing the guidepost – Jundu Ski Resort
3.Jingcheng Highway – Heading Changping – Exit in Xiaotangshan – Xingshou – Jundu Ski Resrort
4. Take Bus No. 345 (branch), or No. 918 at Deshengmen, stop at Dongguan Traffic circle, then take small bus No. 12 until Jundu Ski Resort
 

Snow-world Ski Resort  –  the paradise for the beginners and family friendly

Snow-world ski resort is most family friendly, only 40 minites’drive from downtown Beijing, the nearest to Beijing city center.

Beside normal skiing activities, Beijing Snow World Ski Resort offers snow flying disc, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, Ice garden, and Snow garden. Most parents would come to Snow-world to play ice and snow with their kids.

 

Transportation
1. Go out from 13A at Badaling Highway, northward 6kms at Ming Tomb, on Changping Traffic circle, then turn left about 800 meters at Tailing Park
2. Take Bus 345 (lateral) at Deshengmen, then get off at Zhengfa University, then take Bus 3 (Huancheng), get off at the Snow World Ski Resort.
 

Wanlong Ski Resort – a place for two “high”: high salary and high-level skiers

Wanlong Ski Resort is situated at Honghualiang, 12km in the east of Chongli County in Zhangjiakou City, about 260km northwest of Beijing.

It is the largest mountain ski resort in Northeast China. At the time writing, there are totally 22 trails in Wanlong Ski Resort, including advanced, intermediate and primary levels, occupying over 700,000 square meters. Every trail is equipped with a perfect snow–made system.

In comparison with the three resorts above, Wanlong Ski Resort is mainly targeted at high-end and high-level skiers. Each year, it takes over fifteen hundred thousand skiers from all over the world.

Normally you have two options of going from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort – either by driving along Jingzhang Expressway and directly getting to Wanlong or first taking a fast train from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, then connecting a local van or bus from Zhangjiakou to Wanlong Ski Resort.

Some photos of the trails in Wanlong Ski Resort:

Wanlong Ski Resort A

Wanlong Ski Resort B

Wanlong Ski Resort C

Wanlong Ski Resort D

Wanlong Ski Resort E

Wanlong Ski Resort F

Wanlong Ski Resort G

Wanlong Ski Resort H

wanlong Ski Resort I

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Winter Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided winter tours to Beijing:

Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour.
Badaling Great Wall + Snow World Ski Resort Day Tour.
Beijing Nanshan Ski Day Tour.
Beijing Snow World Ski Resort & Jiuhua Hot Spring Spa Day Tour.
Huaibei Ski Resort and Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour .

 

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing

Sunday, November 18th, 2018
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As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival (Chinese lunar new year),  visiting a temple fair is definitely a good choice to experience the traditional  Beijing custom and Chinese culture.

Like elsewhere in the world, temple fairs (Miao Hui) originated and developed as groups of vendors did business near temples when many pilgrims came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese new year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas.

Though some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of the Beijing’temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions, why we do, what we do, and how Chinese culture makes us Chinese.

If you want to know what to see and do in a temple fair in Beijing during Chinese new year, then please follow me to the Longtanhu Temple Fair. Each temple fair has its own unique features, but much of the content is similar: four parts – Eating, Buying, Playing and Family Outing.

Eating at a temple fair
Each temple fair in Beijing will put on “Eating Olympic Games”. Longtanhu Temple fair is no exception. In addition, it does the best among all the temple fairs in terms of offering numerous kinds of Beijing traditional snacks and food.

The connected food booths selling various kinds of local food as well from elsewhere in China.

 

A huge crowd of eaters

 

 

Sugar Coated haws on a stick

 

Lamb kebab sticks

 

Fried cake

 

Chatang – Miancha – Youcha

Wheaten cake boiled in meat broth

Steamed buns with fillings

She sells “scaring” snacks – scorpion, centipede,silkworm and a grasshopper!

Stuffed Sausage – Ingredient – wheat flour, cloves, nutmeg, garlic sauce, starch, tofu pulp

 

Fried Scentipede!!


Shopping at a temple fair
Most people go to a temple fair in Beijing to buy gifts or crafts for the new year celebrations. Many goods sold in the temple fair have typical northern features, such as toys like diabolo, pin wheel, knife, spear, sword and halberd…

A long string of booths selling numerous kinds of Beijing gifts and crafts

 

Selling pinwheels

Selling plasticine

 

Entertaining and playing at a temple fair
Family members, especially the kids are excited to play various games offered in temple fairs and watch folk performances.

Catch the bottleneck with a loop and get prize

 

Catch a toy with a loop and get it

 

Put the ball into the rim and get a toy

 

Fish what you want

 

Acrobatics Show on the stage

 

 

On a forest train

 

 

More activities for kids

 

Entertainment area for kids

Family Outing

Going to a temple fair is also family outing, a pleasant break from the non-stop eating and family events that characterize much of the holiday.

A temple fair through a baby carrier

A new world seen on Dad’s shoulders

I’m taller.

A family outing

A family outing 2

Double enjoyment

Add On
Beijing Spring Festival Tour
Beijing Events, Holiday and Festivals 2016

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.