Top 8 Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter (Tips, Photos & Map)

Plan your Beijing winter tour? Beijing is an interesting destination for your winter vacation. Winter in Beijing begins with an abundance of festivities during the holiday season: skiing, ice skating, hot spring bathing, hiking the Great Wall of China, etc.

In addition, if you prefer to stay out of the cold, choose from the numerous museums, restaurants, book stores open during the season.

Beijing Winter Tour Map ( Ski, Spa and Great Wall )

We’ve put together a few top things to do in Beijing in the winter,  which allow you to feel the warmer part of the city when it’s getting colder.

Skiing in Beijing

Skiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese. There are over 10 ski resorts around Beijing which are suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers.

For more Beijing skiing information, check out the link: Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts.

To meet the various needs from customers, most of the Beijing ski resorts offers snow related activities such as stimulative Motorcycle on snow land, snow flying disc, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, ice garden, and snow garden.

Snow Ski

Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Beijing. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Beijing.

So, skiing and participating in snow activities, or just sitting in a cozy snack bar and appreciating the white ski area over a cup of coffee or tea.

Outdoor Ice Rinks

There are a number of open-air ice skating rinks on some lakes in Beijing. Shichahai Lake,  Beihai Park and Kunming Lake in Summer Palace are three of the most important outdoor ice rinks for many local skaters.

Shichahai (Houhai) Ice Rink

For more Beijing Ice Skating information,  check out the link:  Top Beijing Ice Skating Rinks.

There are a few top indoor ice skating Rinks such New World Champion Skating Rink, all Star Ice Rink, New World Champion Skating Rink and more.

Ice Lantern Festival

Each year, starting Jan 05, Beijing will hold its own ice and snow festival – The Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. The Longqing Gorge is flanked on both sides by green peaks.

Due to the shade from mountains towering on both sides, the area has an annual ice period of four months, offering the ideal venue for an ice-lantern festival.

For more information on Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival, check the link below:

How visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival.

Ice lantern Festival

During the ice lantern festival, ice-and-snow sculptures and ice slides are displayed along 300 meters of the gorge. The evening colorful lighting adds to the fun of evening activities.

Hot Spring Bathing

A nice soak in one of Beijing’s many hot springs is an excellent way to the perfect place to wash off the dirt and relax your body. There are three popular hot spring resorts around Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort, Jiuhua Spa & Resort and Huaxia Hot Spring.

For more information, check out the Top 10 Spring Resorts in Beijing.

Hot Spring at Jiuhua Spa Resort

Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort and Jiuhua Spa & Resort Actually have the same springhead – Xiaotangshan hot spring. Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for over 300 years. Local legend has it that the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) went there to relax.

Museums and Art Galleries

All the major attractions, including Museums and Art Galleries, are still open in Beijing in winter. As a China’s vibrant and exciting capital city, Beijing is home to many world-class museums and art galleries.

There are over 150 to choose from, ranging from the historical to the hi-tech.


For more information on Beijing museums, check out the link: Top 10 Beijing Museums.

Temple Fairs

As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival,  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 pilgrimages came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

For more information in Temple Fair, check out the link:  What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing

Temple Fair

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.

Shop at the local free markets

If you are not interested in shopping at high-end shopping malls in Beijing, where everything seems to be overpriced at fixed prices, then why not dig into the plentiful free or flea markets where you can enjoy bargaining with the local vendors.

Free Markets

For information on Beijing markets, check out the link:   Top Beijing Markets. 

Curl up with a book

The Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore and Beijing Xinhua Bookstore are major book sellers. The China Book Store in Liulichang binds and repairs all kinds of books and periodicals as well as selling them.Another good place for books is Haidian book street near Beijing University.



Top 10 Ski Resorts in Beijing
Top 10 Ice Rinks in Beijing
Houhai Winter Ice Skating Rink
How to Visit Great Wall of China in Winter
Top 8 Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter
How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival
What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing
Snow and Ice at Bird’s Nest (National Stadium)
How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing
How to Spend Christmas Eve in Beijing
Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair

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:

Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing 5 Day Winter Tour Package
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Great Wall Tour
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams 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.

2 thoughts on “Top 8 Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter (Tips, Photos & Map)

  1. which are the best shopping mall in Beijing?
    is there any indian pure vegetarian restaurant in Beijing?

  2. Hello kirti jain,

    1. Top 10 Beijing Shopping Malls

    2. The major Indian Restaurantsn below:

    1. Taj Pavillion (泰姬楼印度餐厅)
    Open Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm daily.
    Tel: 6505 5866
    English address: Second Floor, North Building of China Overseas Plaza, 8 Guanghua Dongli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district
    Chinese address 朝阳区光建外大街华东里8号中海广场北楼2层.

    2. Indian Kitchen
    Open Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30-11pm Tel: 6462 4999
    English add: 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie Chaoyang district
    Chinese add: 朝阳区三里屯北小街2号2楼

    3. Ganges (恒河印度餐厅)
    Open Hours: 11am-3pm, 5-10.30pm daily Tel: 6416 0181
    English add: 2F-202, Building 1, Shimao Department Store, 13 Gongrentiyuchang Bei Lu, Chaoyang district
    Chinese add: 朝阳区工体北路13号1号楼世贸百货2层202

    4. The Tandoor
    Open Hours: 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10:30pm daily 39.934618,116.458583 Tel: 6597 2211, 6597 2299 ext 2112
    English add: 1/F Zhaolong Hotel, 2 Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang district
    Chinese add: 朝阳区工体北路2号兆龙饭店1层

    5. Mughal’s Restaurant (莫卧尔印度餐厅)
    Open Hour: 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm Mon-Fri; 11am-11pm Sat-Sun
    Tel: 5208 6082
    English add:4th Floor, Nali Patio, Sanlitun Bar Street, Chaoyang district
    Chinese add: 朝阳区三里屯酒吧街那里花园4层

    6. Raj Indian Restaurant (拉兹印度餐厅)
    Open hour:11am-2pm, 4-11pm daily Tel: 8403 7462
    English add: 31 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng district
    Chinese add: 城区鼓楼西大街31号 Web

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