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Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

Monday, November 27th, 2017
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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……and if you prefer to stay out of the cold, choose from the numerous museums, restaurants, book stores open during the season.

We’ve put together a few top things to do in Beijing in the winter,  which allows you to feel the warmer part of the city when it’s cold…

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.

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, 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.

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

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

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 Skate

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

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.

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.

Ice lantern Festival

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

How visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival.

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.

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.

 

Hot Spring

Hassle-free Beijing Guided Hot Spring Bathing Tours: 
Mutianyu Great Wall & Chunhuiyuan Hot Springs Spa Bathing Day Tour

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.

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.

Temple Fair

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

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

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

Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$79 p/p
Badaling Great Wall + Snow World Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$69 p/p
Beijing Winter Downtown Day Tour  from US$65 p/p

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Beijing’s Highest Place

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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Different from the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year ( Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival ) marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar.  Every Chinese lunar year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. The 2016 Chinese new year is  the Year of the  Monkey ( the new year first day: Monday, February 8,2016 ).

If you happen to be on your Beijing tour during the Chinese new year, you will be probably tantalized by the question ” Where to celebrate Chinese New Year ( or specifically the new year’s eve )? “.  Basically You have a plethora of options to spend the  Chinese new year considering the size of the metropolitan Beijing.  Do you have the fancy idea to greet the new year at Beijing’s highest place?

The China World Trade Center Tower III, a supertall skyscraper with 81 floors 333 m / 1083 ft, is the highest building in Beijing.  It is a comprehensive building with office and hotel space. The floors 1 – 55 for office space; 64 – 77 for the luxury hotel – the China World Summit Wing Hotel; the floors 79 – 81 for dining and drinking.

The 80th-floor-330-meter-tall Atmospher Bar (云酷酒吧) is the highest bar in Beijing. It offers a rich variety of high quality tea and refreshing cocktails. The drink menu lists some 300 cocktails, 90 whiskies and 560 wines, along with beers and soft drinks. Price starts from about USD15 per glass. Atmoshpere Bar also serves wonderful afternoon tea.

The bar’ biggest draw is the dazzling skyline viewed from its 80th floor. If you are lucky to have a nice and clear sky, you’ll have a panoramic view of the glitzy central Beijing, extending from China’s Central TV Station, dubbed as “Giant Pants” to the massive Forbidden City.

Having a cup of afternoon tea and viewing the sunset glow over the golden Forbidden City is an unforgetable piece of peacefulness. Overlooking the colorful evening Beijing, you sip the wine over the music, talking about your new hopes in the new year. So life is beautiful!

Add: Floor 80,   China World Trade Center Tower III ( No.01 Jianguomenwai Dajie), Beijing
地址:建国门外大街1号北京国贸大酒店80层
Tel:010-65052299 ext 6432/6433
Opening Hour:2:00 pm -02:00 am ( Weekday) ; 12:00 pm -02:00 am ( Weekend)

The China World Trade Center Tower III, a supertall skyscraper with 81 floors 333 m

The China World Trade Center Tower III, a supertall skyscraper with 81 floors 333 m

 

The 330-m height Atmosphere Bar

The 330-m height Atmosphere Bar

 

A Panoramic View of the central Beijing

A Panoramic View of the central Beijing

 

Lively Jazz Show

Live Jazz Show

 

The Amazing Cocktails

The Amazing Cocktails

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How to dress for visiting Great Wall in winter

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
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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 group 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 actual 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 broadcast 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, an 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.

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