Houhai Winter Ice Skating Rink

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Ice skating is a traditional winter pastime for the local Beijing people. If you are scheduled to visit Beijing in winter, specifically in the coldest two months from later December through the early February, you may go to Houhai Ice Skating Rink for winter fun in Beijing.

The so-called Houhai Ice Skating Rink is an open-air iced lake surface, a natural skating rink. Houhai, or Back Lake (also known as Shichahai ) popularly known to foreign visitors who kill time in its bar area in the evening.

Houhai has many laid-back old hutongs and courtyards, a leisure and authentic Beijing area, not much affected by the gentrification in Beijing.

Check out How to get to Houhai (Shichahai) for more travel information.

There are four booths to buy your entrance tickets to the huge skating rink. Two entrances per day: Day Entrance and Night Entrance.

Entrance for Ice Wagons, Ice Bikes

Day time:
Time: 09:00 – 17:30; entrance fee: 60 yuan (weekday); 80 yuan (weekend and holidays)

Night time:
Time: 18:00 – 21:30; entrance fee: 80 yuan (weekday); 80 yuan (weekend and holidays)

The entrance fee covers ice wagons, and ice bikes.

Entrance for Ice Skating

Day time: Time: 09:00 – 17:30; entrance fee:30 yuan (weekday); 40 yuan (weekend and holidays)

Night time:
Time: 18:00 – 21:30; entrance fee: 40 yuan (weekday); 40 yuan (weekend and holidays)

Note: Skating shoes rental: 30 yuan and 100 yuan as deposit .

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