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

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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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.

museum

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.

Bookstore

Add-on

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.

How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Don’t miss an excursion to Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. 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 ( also called Longqingxia Scenic Area). Here “xia” literally means “gorge”. The Longqing Gorge Scenic Area is 15km in the northeast of Yanqing County, about 98km from Beijing city center.

The Longqing Gorge ( or Longqingxia ) 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.  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 5pm to 10pm.

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 ( also known as Longqingxia 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

Longqong Gorge (Longqingxia) located about 98km northwest of Beijing city center

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.

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 Grea Wall
The lit colorful lanterns with the backdrop of the lit Great Wall
The radiant ice lanterns
The radiant ice lanterns
The lit ice carvings
The lit 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
A panoramic view of the ice city of carvings
A panoramic view of the ice city of carvings

Add-on

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 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
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.

Top 10 Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
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Beijing has a number of year-round indoor ice rinks. If you visit Beijing in winter ( January and early Feburary), you are able to go ice skating on the outdoor ice rinks.

We’ve rounded up a top list of both outdoor and indoor ice skating rinks in Beijing. We will update this list, so keep checking back.

Outdoor Ice Rinks in Winter

Planing your Beijing winter tour? The outdoor Ice skating rinks are only seasonal in Beijing, most of them available between early January and early February in winter, depending on the climate when the lakes are frozen. Do check with organisers for the latest information as climate change gets Beijing warmer in winter.

1. Shichahai Ice Rink ( popularly known as Houhai Ice Rink)

Shichahai Ice Rink is located in Houhai, Xicheng District. It is an open-air skating rink on the lake in Shichahai. Warm your body up before playing outside and keep moving!

So where is Shichahai? Read my another article How to visit Shichahai and Houhai Winter Ice Skating Rink for more information.

Shichahai Skating Rink

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:30 ( Daytime) in winter ( Jan and early Feb)
18:00 – 21:30 ( Night Time)
Tickets: 60 RMB on weekdays, 80 RMB for weekends, and night 80 RMB

2. Summer Palace Winter Ice 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.

Check out How to Visit Summer Palace and Go ice skating at Summer Palace for more information.

There are six entrances to the skate rink scattered in the four directions of Summer Palace – East, South, West and North, very easy for people to choose a convenient entrance point. 30 security guides patrol around the rink to maintain the safety of holiday-makers.

3. Beihai Winter Ice Skating

Dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, Beihai Park is the oldest imperial garden as well as one of the largest in China.In winter, it becomes one of the biggest ice rinks in the Beijing.

Check out How to Visit Beihai Park for more information.

Skating on Beihai Park Ice Rink ( Image Credit: Internet)

Beihai Park Ice Rink: Skaters can enjoy the views of white tower and the 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.)

Check out my another article Taoranting Park in Beijing for more information.

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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Indoor Ice 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.

10. 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

Add-on

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 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 Winter Tour
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


How to Plan a Trip to Beijing
Best Time to Visit Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
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 Shichahai
How to Visit Lama Temple
How to Visit Olympic Sites

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

Wangfujing Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.