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How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter

Sunday, December 8th, 2019
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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.

Top 10 Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing

Thursday, December 5th, 2019
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Beijing has a number of open-air and indoor ice skating rinks. On your Beijing winter tour, you may take part in the open-air skating. For other seasons, you may use the indoor skating rinks.

Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing ( most of them available between early January and early February, depending on the time when water frozen.

1. 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 Hours: 9:00 – 17:30 ( Daytime)
18:00 – 21:30 ( Night Time)

 Tickets: 60 RMB on weekdays, 80 RMB for weekends, and night 80 RMB

2. Summer Palace Winter Skating
Summer Palace is a big draw for first time visitors to Beijing. The Kunming Lake Skate Rink in Summer Palace is the largest in Beijing totaling 700,000 square meters.

Back to the starting point of the skating service center.

3. Beihai Skating
Beihai Park Skating Field
Add: In the Beihai Park

Tel:64040610
Valid Time: open in the icing period in winter subject to the winter temperature

Beihai Park Skating

Beihai Park Skating

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.

4. Weiming Lake Skating Rink
Weiming Lake is an artificial lake inside the Peking University. In an icy 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.

5. 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.

Take bus No. 40, 59, 102, 343, 603 or 819 and get off at Taipingjie Stop.

6. Zizhuyuan Park
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
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Top Indoor Ice Skating Rinks ( Available all year round )

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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
Tel:670895234.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

4. 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

5. Le Cool
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

6. Sanlitun Village
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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 161910. Shangmei Rink

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 /90minAdd on:
Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts

Escorted Beijing tour in Winter

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself tour? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your winter trip.

Beijing Winter Tour

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.

Stroll along Nanluoguxiang Hutong in Winter

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
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Turning over the thick cover of Beijing’s modernity, you will see the old and authentic Beijing with a rich cultural and historical history.

A trip to Nanluogixiang Hutong  brings you back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368)  when the earliest hutongs and courtyard houses along Nanluoguxiang started to be built.

Now almost every Beijing first-time visitor wants to be lost in the maze of Nanluoguxiang hutong teemed with side lanes.  People want to be lost in the past, in the tradition, in the passing  passengers, in a fad and in the future. Time is flying here and getting older.

Plan your Beijing winter tour? A walking tour of Nanluoguxiang is definitely recommended.  Nanluoguxiang Hutong looks quiet and peaceful under the cold temperature and numbing wind.

The hot summer is gone; the hordes of tourist have disappeared, who have packed the total length of the hutong and filled all the side lanes for the just passed tourist season.  Now You have the whole Nanluoguxiang on your own to explore and digest.

The 800-meter long south-north Nanluoguxiang Hutong is lined with numerous trendy bars, yummy restaurants,  unique hostels, lively themed stores and itierant vendors.

If you are interested in Beijing’s traditional architures, Nanluoguxiang won’t let you down. Its vernacular courtyard houses, grey-colored, accompanied by old trees, showcase the solid books of Beijing’s traditional architecture.

Nanluoguxiang is easily accessible by Subway Line 6 and get off at the station of Nanluoguxiang. Then enter the south entrance to Nanluoguxiang and exit from its north.

The southern entrance has over dozens of placards to illustrate the past and present of Nanluoguxiang.

One storey grey building and brick paved road

One storey grey building and brick paved road

One storey grey building and brick paved road

Special and yummy restaurants

Special andyummy restaurants

Special and yummy restaurants

Fashionable girls and cool red lanterns

Traditional grey-colored buildings lined along the lane

Traditional grey-colored builings lined along the lane

Traditional grey-colored buildings lined along the lane

Nangu Renjia Snack Restaurant

 Nanluo Renjia Snack


Nanluo Renjia Snack

A fashion store

A fashion store

A fashion store

Say Goodby to Nanluoguxiang

Say goodbye to Nanluoguxiang

Say goodbye to Nanluoguxiang

Peking Downtown backpacker Hostel

Peking Downtown backpcker Hostel

Peking Downtown backpacker Hostel

A back lane

A back lane

A back lane

Carpenter Shop

Carpenter Shop

Carpenter Shop

A rickshaw

A rickshaw

A rickshaw

A happy chat

A happy chat

A happy chat

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.