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What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing

Thursday, February 7th, 2019
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As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival (Chinese lunar new year),  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 pilgrims 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.

Though some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of the Beijing’s temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions, why we do, what we do, and how Chinese culture makes us Chinese.

If you want to know what to see and do in a temple fair in Beijing during Chinese new year, then please follow me to the Longtanhu Temple Fair. Each temple fair has its own unique features, but much of the content is similar: four parts – Eating, Buying, Playing and Family Outing.

Eating at a temple fair
Each temple fair in Beijing will put on “Eating Olympic Games”. Longtanhu Temple fair is no exception. In addition, it does the best among all the temple fairs in terms of offering numerous kinds of Beijing traditional snacks and food.

The connected food booths selling various kinds of local food as well from elsewhere in China.

A huge crowd of eaters

Sugar Coated haws on a stick

Lamb kebab sticks

Fried cake

Chatang – Miancha – Youcha

Wheaten cake boiled in meat broth

Steamed buns with fillings

She sells “scaring” snacks – scorpion, centipede,silkworm and a grasshopper!

Stuffed Sausage – Ingredient – wheat flour, cloves, nutmeg, garlic sauce, starch, tofu pulp

Fried Scentipede!!


Shopping at a temple fair
Most people go to a temple fair in Beijing to buy gifts or crafts for the new year celebrations. Many goods sold in the temple fair have typical northern features, such as toys like diabolo, pin wheel, knife, spear, sword and halberd…

A long string of booths selling numerous kinds of Beijing gifts and crafts

Selling pinwheels

Selling plasticine

Entertaining and playing at a temple fair
Family members, especially the kids are excited to play various games offered in temple fairs and watch folk performances.

Catch the bottleneck with a loop and get prize

Catch a toy with a loop and get it

Put the ball into the rim and get a toy

Fish what you want

Acrobatics Show on the stage

On a forest train

 

More activities for kids

Entertainment area for kids

Family Outing

Going to a temple fair is also family outing, a pleasant break from the non-stop eating and family events that characterize much of the holiday.

A temple fair through a baby carrier

A new world seen on Dad’s shoulders

I’m taller.

A family outing

A family outing 2

Double enjoyment

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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.

Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

Monday, January 7th, 2019
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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.

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.

Or 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.

Ice Skate
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 skating rinks for many local skaters.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Top 10 Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing

Monday, January 7th, 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 ( Available in winter )

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)

Opening time: Late winter (depending on the time when water frozen)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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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

Top Indoor Icen 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:67089523
4.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

5. 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 /90min
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 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.