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Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

Saturday, January 20th, 2018
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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.

Ice Skate

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

How to Spend Christmas Eve in Beijing

Monday, December 18th, 2017
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Christmas Eve for the West is similar to the New Year’s Eve of Chinese lunar new year for the Chinese, a time for family reunion. This western religious festival is getting its popularity in China, especially in the big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and more.

There are various reasons behind the increasing popularity of Christmas in China. The Christians and Catholics are increasing in numbers; young people seek Christmas as the time to boost their romance; smart merchants grab Christmas to promote theirs sales or images; foreign business related companies follow suit…

If you happen to spend your Christmas eve in Beijing during your Beijing tour, you may take some adventure going on to the streets to explore and spend a local Christmas eve.

So how will local Beijingers celebrate Christmas eve? What are things to do during Christmas eve in Beijing?  Unlike the west countries where Christmas is a time for family get-together, here in Beijing it is a time for making fun and making money.

I once drove around the busy areas in Beijing for feeling the atmosphere of Christmas eve. Here’s my run down of the interesting spots for Christmas eve.

Christmas Eve gala party
Many hotels, mainly 4 or 5 star hotels would hold Christmas eve gala parties in recent years.  A routine Christmas eve gala party would include three elements – a big dinner,  high-level performances and several rounds of exciting lucky draws.

Christmas eve party is also a channel for networking or “Guanxi” in Chinese, enhancing working relationship and friendship. Below are the two pictures taken from internet.

Performance at a Christmas eve party

Performance at Crowne Plaza Christmas Eve Party

Christmas eve gala party 

Christmas eve party (Picture from internet )

Go to Church
There are 11 churches in Beijing, 6 Catholic churches, 5 Christian churches. My favorite is Eastern Church.Located east of central Wangfujing Street, the Catholic East Church, or Wangfujing Catholic Church, is one of the 11 best-preserved churches.

The East Church was originally called Saint Joseph’s Church, and was built in the 12th year (1655) of Emperor Shunzhi during the Qing Dynast y (1644-1911). It was the second Catholic church built in Beijing after Italian preacher Matteo Ricci built the “South Church” in southern Beijing at the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The present building was rebuilt in 1904 on the ruins of the burned church. In the 1980s, large-scale repairs and maintenance were carried out by the government for East Church.

Opening Time: every morning (times may vary)

Add: 74, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Bus Lines: Take bus 103, 102, 104, 803, 814, 808 and get off at Donganmen Shichang, then walk north approx. 300 meters.
Mass Times: Weekdays 06:30 and 07:00 (Chinese), Saturday 06:30 and 07:00 (Chinese), Sunday 06:15 (Latin), 07:00 and 08:00 (Chinese)
Tel: 010-65240643

A huge crowd of fun-seekers would gather the church, taking pictures and sensing the ambiance of Christmas eve. A great number of police were on high alert for a safe Christmas eve.

A huge crowd of people circling the Church.

Police will be on high alert for a safe Christmas eve.

Police were on high alert

Late Night Shopping
On Christmas eve,  almost all the stores and shopping malls in Beijing will not miss this golden opportunity for sales promotion. Business hours last till small hours, even to early next morning with big discounts.

Wangfujing Walking Street will see “people mountain and people sea” .

Wangfujing Walking Street  will see “people mountain and people sea”.

Christmas eve shop exterior decoration

Chriastmas eve shopping exterior decoration

Inside a shopping mall on the Wangfujing Street.

Inside a shopping mall on the Wangfujing Street.

Beijing Department Store says it is open till 6am. There is something festive inside the department store.

There is something festive inside the department store.

Great discounts at a street front store on Wangfujing Street.

Great discounts at a street front store on Wangfujing Street.

Pubs and Bars
There are several clusters of pubs and bars around Beijing city center. My favorite is Shichahai bar area ( often known as Houhai Bar streets), walking from Lotus Market, to Yinding Bridge ( Ingot Bridge ) and finishing at Yandaixiejie. This trail is teemed with bars and small boutiques. There is a strong festivity in the Shichahai area.

Listening to the music from inside. Having a glimpse of the music band inside a bar.

Having a glimpse of the music band inside a bar.

Hawking Christmas mask and horns

Hawking Christmas mask and horns

 
Christmas hats and Sugar-coated hawthorns

Christmas hats and Sugar-coated hawthorns

Red lanterns and Christmas trees. Houhai bar area north of Ingot Bridge

Houhai bar area north of Ingot Bridge

Christmas eve promotion

Christmas eve promotion

The small vendor was also in!

The small vendor was also in!

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 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

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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

All Photos from Internet, any questions, just drop a line.

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