How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival

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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Don’t miss an excursion to Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival (延庆龙庆峡冰灯). Basically each year it will be open around Jan 05. In some occasions, it will be delayed for a few days. But if even it is delayed, you still can go there to have a glimpse of the ice festival site which is under preparation, still a fun. Have a good time in Beijing!

This famous ice and snow festival boasts the three intriguing items – Ice Lanterns, Ice Carving and Snow Sculptures. If you are not going to have a Harbin tour for an amazing ice and snow festival in Harbin, Beijing Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival is a perfect substitute.

The venue for Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival is the narrow valley in the Longqing Gorge Scenic Area. The Longqing Gorge Scenic Area is 15km in the northeast of Yanqing County, about 80km from Beijing city center.

The Longqing Gorge is a famous summer resort, a 7-km long ravine passed by the Gucheng River, which is dubbed as “Little Li River”, or “Little Three Gorges of Yangtze River”. But if you come here in winter, you can  see ice lanterns, ice and snow sculptures during the ice festival period.

Each year Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival has a different theme for the ice  and lantern activity.  For example, for the year 2013, the ice lantern festival  lasted from January 10 to the end of February with four sections – Colorful lanterns, Ice Carving, Snow Sculptures and the “Longqing Gorge Cup” International Ice and Snow Carving Competition. You have 350 ice lanterns, 250 ice carvings, over 60 snow sculptures, over 200 groups of colorful lantern, 300 tree lanterns.

In addition, there were a group of city lanterns of several ten hundreds meters long and several ten thousand decorative lanterns represented by Ruins of St. Paul in Macao, Hong Kong Disneyland, Nanshan Temple in Hainan Island, City Hall of Sansha City, the Sea Goddess Mazu and 101 Tower in Taipei and more classical elements.

You can also visit the ice lantern festival in the daytime. Of course, the best time to view the ice lanterns is in the evening lasting from 5;00pm to 10:00pm.
The venue for Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival is adjacent to several winter attractions such as Badaling Great Wall, Shijinglong Ski Resort and Badaling Ski Resort. You can combine two or three sights in a one-day Beijing excursion.

Venue
Longqing Gorge Scenic Area in the north of Gucun Village, Jiuxian Town, Yanqing County, Beijing  延庆县旧县镇古城村北龙庆峡景区 Festival Time: Jan 10 – Feb

Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Entry Tickets: RMB 100; RMB 50 (students); Free for travelers under 12 years

Enquiry: 69191020

How to get there
Bus: take Bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at Yanqing County and change for Bus 920 for Longqing Gorge  S Train: take S train to Yanqing County.

Self-drive: Drive along Badaling Expressway (Jingzang Expressway) and eixt from Exit 62, pass by Yanqing County, drive along National Highway.

Suggested Lodging in Yanqing for overnight
1) Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa Resort 延庆金隅八达岭温泉度假村
Add: Guishui N St, Yanqing, Beijing,
Tel: +86 10 6914 8833
Note:you can do the booking through the page:  Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa

2) The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
Tel: +86 10 69121156, +86 13911753888
Fax: +86 10 69122118
Note: Please visit the website : The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel  and directly book online.

3) Commune by the Great Wall
Please visit their official website: Commune by the Great Wall  and book online.

Organised Longqing Gorge Ice Festival Day Tour:
1) Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival & Badaling Great Wall Day Tour
2) Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival Night Tour

The lit colorful lanterns with the backdrop of the lit Great Wall

The lit colorful lanterns with the backdrop of the lit Grea Wall

The lit colorful lanterns with the backdrop of the lit Great Wall

The radiant ice lanterns
The radiant ice lanterns

The radiant ice lanterns

The lit ice carvings

The lit ice carvings

The lit ice carvings

The colourful Ice Carvings

The colourful Ice Carvings

The colourful Ice Carvings

Have a close look at the ice sculptures
Have a close look at the ice sculptures

Have a close look at the ice sculptures

A panoramic view of the ice city of carvings
A panoramic view of the ice city of carvings

A panoramic view of the ice city of carvings

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

1) Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival & Badaling Great Wall Day Tour
2) Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival Night Tour

Further Readings


Beijing Ski Tour
Beijing Winter Tour

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

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52 Responses to “How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival”

  1. YEN HO says:

    I am keen to go on this tour on the 26th of January 2013.

    1. How would I book this tour?
    2. I have 5 adults and 1 child (16 years old)- how much would the tour cost altogether?
    3. If possible, could I arrange so that we leave earlier from our hotel- say 2pm? I would like to see the Gorge during the daytime.

    Please get back to me as soon as you can.

    Thank you,
    Yen

  2. admin says:

    Hello Yen

    Thanks for your enquiry for a day trip to Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. Tomorrow, one of our staffers will contact you for the detailes. Thanks!

  3. Dorette says:

    Hi, I would like to book a night trip for the Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival for the 9th or 10th of February 2013? For two adults.

    Thank you!

  4. admin says:

    Hello Dorette,

    Thanks for your enquiry for your trip to Longqing Ice Lantern Festival! At the moment, all the booking for the new tours during the new years has terminated. Sorry!

  5. Abrar says:

    Will this facility would be open on 17 feb 2013?

  6. admin says:

    Hello Abrar,

    Yes, it will be opne till the end of Feb, 2013.

  7. Hanifah says:

    Hi, is Longqing Gorge open in December when there is no ice lantern festival?

  8. admin says:

    Hello Hanifah,

    Normally, each year the Longqing Ice Lantern Festival is open roughly between Jan 10 and Feb 28.

  9. Mrinal Ragobur says:

    hello i would like to visit the ice latern festival nextweek. how much does it cost per person and when do you have tours? we are 3-4 person.

  10. admin says:

    Hello Mrinal Ragobur,

    At the moment, we don’t have fixed departure group tour of Longqing Ice Festival. You may rent a van to go to the site or you may use the public transport to visit the ice lantern festival.

    How to get there
    Bus: take Bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at Yanqing County and change for Bus 920 for Longqing Gorge
    S Train: take S train to Yanqing County
    Self-drive: Drive along Badaling Expressway (Jingzang Expressway) and eixt from Exit 62, pass by Yanqing County, drive along National Highway 110 and follow the sign to Longqing Gorge.

    If you need to book a van or tour guide, please contact us via email (info@tour-beijing.com).

  11. Susie Lau says:

    Will the festival be on this weekend?

  12. admin says:

    Hello Susie Lau,

    It is officially said that the festival ends at the end of Feb, 2013.

  13. Lorie says:

    Is it nice to visit longqing this coming weekend? April 6? Do you have tour from beijing. We are 2 adults 2 children age 11 and 6.

  14. admin says:

    Hello Lorie,

    At the moment, we don’t have a fixed departure coach tour running to Longqing Gorge. It is located about 80km in the northwest of Beijing city center. You may hire a vehicle, or use public transport such as Bus 919 or S trains from Beijing North Railway Station.

    By the way, the Longqing Gorge Lantern Festival has already ended. But you still find much fun in this scenic area like Bungee jumping, boating , sliding, hiking and have a bite of the local food at the farms inns or restaurants.

  15. Susan Fry says:

    I am travelling to China in January 2014, and will be in Beijing from the 5th to the 8th of January.
    Is the ice festival on during this period? I know this year the festival started on the 10 th, so I am very keen to find out if We miss it in 2014.
    Thankyou.

  16. Daniel says:

    Hello Susan Fry,

    Basically each year it will be open around Jan 05. In some occations, it will be delayed for a few days. But if even it is delayed, you still can go there to have a glimpse of the ice festival site which is under preparation, still a fun. Have a good time in Beijing!

  17. Cecilia says:

    HI,

    Could you tell me when is the Ice Festival in 2014.

    Thanks

  18. Daniel says:

    Hello Cecilia,

    At the time of my writing, no exact time for the Ice Festival Opening, but basically it will be open around Mid-Jan, 2013.

  19. Elson says:

    Hi Daniel,

    I need to plan a trip down to this place between 16-18 Jan.

    Are you able to advise if is there any transport provided from my hotel at dongcheng district to there and back to hotel after viewing?

    Thanks!

  20. Daniel says:

    Hello Elson,

    You first go to Deshengmen Bus Station and take bus no.919 to Yanqing County where change for Bus 920 for Longqing Gorge.

    How to get to Deshengmen Bus Station? Please see the link below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/travel-review/badaling-great-wall-bus/

    Bus 877 for Badaling Great Wall
    Bus 919 for Yanqing County (延庆)

    Have a good time !

  21. Naomi says:

    Hi,

    I have 4 adults and we are wondering if you would do a tour that combines Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tomb and Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival? The date that we would be looking at doing it is the 17th January 2014.

    Thanks,
    Naomi

  22. Daniel says:

    Hello Naomi,

    Thanks for your enquiry! One of our staffers will reply to you on Monday (December 2, 2013). Kind regards, Daniel Li.

  23. Michael Robinson says:

    We are looking to do a day tour of The Great Wall and Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival around the 15 – 18 January 2014. Can you tell me if the festival will be under way by then and the best way to do a tour? Ideally we would like a small group with an English speaking guide. Any advice would be appreciated. Michael Robinson.

  24. Daniel says:

    Hello Michael Robinson,

    Yes,normally the ice festival will be open around Jan 15. You may take public bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Terminal. As far as I know there are no small group tours visiting both the Great Wall and Longqing Lantern Festival. You may rent a private car or van to visit the two places.

  25. Naomi says:

    Hi – can you tell me when the ice festival starts for 2014, thank you.

  26. Daniel says:

    Hello Naomi,

    Basically it will open between Jan 5 and Jan 10.

  27. Peter says:

    Hi,
    I live in Beijing. I need to rent a small private car(with driver) to take us to the Longqing Ice festival and back.
    Could you say how much that costs?
    And please send me a phone number I can call and book a car.
    Thanks

  28. Daniel says:

    Hello Peter,

    Thanks for your enquiry! Tomorrow one of our staffers will email you for the details. Office phone: 67160201 ext 1006. Office hour: 9am – 6pm

  29. Daniel says:

    Hello Peter,

    Thanks for your enquiry! Tomorrow one of our staffers will email you for the details. Office phone: 67160201 ext 1006. Office hour: 9am – 6pm

  30. Jacob says:

    What time will it open during the day?

  31. Martha says:

    Hi, I want to visit the festival on february 25th. Are there any tours available?

    Thanks!

  32. Daniel says:

    Hello

    No fixed departure tour groups to Longqing Gorge. You may take a taxi or public bus.

    Bus: take Bus 919 from Deshengmen Bus Terminal and get off at Yanqing County and change for Bus 920 for Longqing Gorge S Train: take S train to Yanqing County.

  33. Jison says:

    Hello,
    I would like to visit Longqing Gorge on 6th April 2014. Will the park be closed?

  34. Daniel says:

    Hello Jison,

    Longqing Gorge is open all year around.

    Opening hours: 07:30 – 16:30

    Entrance fee: RMB40 (April-Nov)

  35. Don says:

    Will the Longqing Gorge Lantern Show open around 27 December 2014?

  36. Daniel says:

    Hello Don,

    Normally it will be open around Jan 5 each year.

  37. Erin says:

    Hello,
    I would like to visit the ice festival from Beijing on Feb. 6th, 2016.
    What are your recommendations for Yanqing lodging for an overnight trip?
    (Mid range budget)

    Thank you in advance!

  38. Daniel says:

    Hi Erin,

    I have three choices of Yanqing lodging for your reference.

    1) Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa Resort 延庆金隅八达岭温泉度假村
    Add: Guishui N St, Yanqing, Beijing,
    Tel: +86 10 6914 8833
    Note:you can do the booking through the page: http://english.ctrip.com/hotels/beijing-hotel-detail-482742/beijing-jinyu-badaling-spa-resort/

    2) The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
    The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
    Tel: +86 10 69121156, +86 13911753888
    Fax: +86 10 69122118, E-mail: greatwallcourtyard@yahoo.cn, donghaotutu@163.com
    Note: Please visit the website (http://www.courtyard.cc/ ) and directly book online.

    3) Commune by the Great Wall
    Please visit their official website ( http://commune.sohochina.com/en ) and book online.

    Please choose the best one you like per your taste and budget.

    Have a good time in Beijing!

  39. Areli says:

    Hi,

    My husband and I are going to Beijing for the Chinese New Year. I need to rent a small private car(with driver) to take us to the Longqing Ice festival and back on February 11nd.
    Could you tell me how much that costs?

    Thanks!

  40. Daniel says:

    Hi Areli.

    Sorry for delayed reply! One of our staff members will contact you by email later today. Thanks!

  41. Dorin says:

    Is the ice festival open during entire February?
    I would like to visit on February 20
    Thanks

  42. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Dorin,

    We’ve just called the administraion for the ice lantern festival, they say the festival will end around Feb 28, 2016. Have a good time!

  43. Ravi says:

    will this be open JAN 3rd? 2017?

  44. Daniel says:

    Hi Ravi,

    Actually no fixed official opening date is set for Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. Its actual opening date largely depends on the weather condition and other factors invlved. Basically it opens around Feb 10. If you want to visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festiva on JAN 3rd, 2017, it is worth going there to have a look since the preparation period for the festival is also interesting though it doesn’t open officially.

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

  45. Kristel says:

    Hi will this festival be open by 14th January this year? Will be in Beijing 13-16 January 2017, wondering if I can catch this festival in time because I heard that the gorge will be closed to all visitors until the festival begins.

  46. Daniel says:

    Hi Kristel,

    Basically it will be open on Jan 10,2017 on a trial basis and officially open on Jan 16, 2017 according to previous years’ experiences. The actual opening time is not yet known. Normally you can visit the ice lantern festival during your time frame.

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

  47. Kaz says:

    Hi,

    Is it possible to travel from Badaling Great Wall to the festival?

    Also, what is the last time bus one can get back to Beijing from the festival?

  48. Daniel says:

    Hi Kaz,

    Happy Holidays!

    It is not easy to go by public transport from Badaling Great Wall to Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. You may hail a local taxi from the Great Wall to the festival site.

    As for the transfer from the festival site to Beijing, you need to take the local bus from the festival site to Yanqing county where you take the Bus 919 ( last bus: 6:30pm) back to Deshengmen Bus Terminal in Beijing. Note: you may also take a local taxi from the festival site the Bus Stop of 919 in Yanqing County.

    Alternatively, you can take the S2 train from Yanqing Railway Station to Huangtudian Railway Station in Beijing( Last train:8:59 leaving Yanqing ).

    You also can take the S2 train from Beijing to Badaling Great Wall by train. Check out the link below:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/how-to-visit-great-wall-by-train

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

  49. Lindsey says:

    How long does the festival run for the 2017 season? I was wanting to go February 9, 2017

  50. Daniel says:

    Hi Lindsey,

    Happy Holidays!

    Basically the festival ends at the end of Febuary. So you hit the right time for the festival.

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