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Beijing Ski Resorts Review

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
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If you make a Beijing Travel in winter, skiing is highly recommended on your Beijing Travel plan no matter you are an experienced skier or you never have had any experience of skiing.

Beijing is a metropolitan enclave that requires only 1-4 hour’s drive to reach the ski slopes. Several ski hills sit right on the edge of the city.

A dry and less snow city, most of the Ski Resorts in Beijing produce some of the best man-made snow in the world with hi-tech snow making equipment and groomers to make sure that the runs are always in perfect condition.

There are dozens of ski resorts around Beijing within the range of one hour – 4 hours’ drive. The following 4 ski fields are mostly welcome due to its featuring market positioning catering for different groups of skiers.

Nanshan Ski Resort – most suitable for the energetic and skilful young people

Nanshan Ski Resort is the most successful ski resort in Beijing. Each year it receives over twenty hundred thousand skiers.

One and half hour drive puts you in Nanshan Ski Resort located in Miyun County in the northeast of Beijing. Majority of the skiers coming to Nanshan are young people who are energetic and skilful in skiing and snowboarding.

Transportation
1 Jingcheng Highway – Exit 15, Shunmi Road – Nanshan Ski Resort
2 Airport Highway – Airport North Line – Exit Pinggu – turn lift after Chaobai River – Shunmi Road – Nanshan Ski Resort
3 Jingshu Road – Kulijshu Traffic Circle – Kaifang Traffic Circle – Jingmi Fast Lane – Turn right at West Bridge – Nanshan Ski Resort
4 Take Bus No.980, the Dongmi Special Railway line, stop at West Bridge, take taxi to Nanshan Ski Resort

Jundushan Ski Resort – the hangout for the elegant and high-end gentlemen

Jundushan Ski Resort is favored by the people with the age bwtween 40-55. It is located in the famous Xiaotangshan Landscape Resort Area in Changping District, about over 50 kms from the center of Beijing. Extending your trip to one hour finds you in Junshan Ski Resort.

 

1. Exit 13C at Badaling Highway – Xiguan Traffic Circle – Dongguan Traffic Circle – Jundu Ski Resort
2.Exit 11 (Xiaotangshan) at Badaling Highway – Jingmi Yinshuiqu – northward after seeing the guidepost – Jundu Ski Resort
3.Jingcheng Highway – Heading Changping – Exit in Xiaotangshan – Xingshou – Jundu Ski Resrort
4. Take Bus No. 345 (branch), or No. 918 at Deshengmen, stop at Dongguan Traffic circle, then take small bus No. 12 until Jundu Ski Resort
 

Snow-world Ski Resort  –  the paradise for the beginners and family friendly

Snow-world ski resort is most family friendly, only 40 minites’drive from downtown Beijing, the nearest to Beijing city center.

Beside normal skiing activities, Beijing Snow World Ski Resort offers snow flying disc, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, Ice garden, and Snow garden. Most parents would come to Snow-world to play ice and snow with their kids.

 

Transportation
1. Go out from 13A at Badaling Highway, northward 6kms at Ming Tomb, on Changping Traffic circle, then turn left about 800 meters at Tailing Park
2. Take Bus 345 (lateral) at Deshengmen, then get off at Zhengfa University, then take Bus 3 (Huancheng), get off at the Snow World Ski Resort.
 

Wanlong Ski Resort – a place for two “high”: high salary and high-level skiers

Wanlong Ski Resort is situated at Honghualiang, 12km in the east of Chongli County in Zhangjiakou City, about 260km northwest of Beijing.

It is the largest mountain ski resort in Northeast China. At the time writing, there are totally 22 trails in Wanlong Ski Resort, including advanced, intermediate and primary levels, occupying over 700,000 square meters. Every trail is equipped with a perfect snow–made system.

In comparison with the three resorts above, Wanlong Ski Resort is mainly targeted at high-end and high-level skiers. Each year, it takes over fifteen hundred thousand skiers from all over the world.

Normally you have two options of going from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort – either by driving along Jingzhang Expressway and directly getting to Wanlong or first taking a fast train from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, then connecting a local van or bus from Zhangjiakou to Wanlong Ski Resort.

Some photos of the trails in Wanlong Ski Resort:

Wanlong Ski Resort A

Wanlong Ski Resort B

Wanlong Ski Resort C

Wanlong Ski Resort D

Wanlong Ski Resort E

Wanlong Ski Resort F

Wanlong Ski Resort G

Wanlong Ski Resort H

wanlong Ski Resort I

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Winter 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 winter tours to Beijing:

Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour.
Badaling Great Wall + Snow World Ski Resort Day Tour.
Beijing Nanshan Ski Day Tour.
Beijing Snow World Ski Resort & Jiuhua Hot Spring Spa Day Tour.
Huaibei Ski Resort and Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour .

 

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.

 

Snow and Ice at Bird’s Nest (National Stadium)

Monday, November 5th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Are you coming from a hot country with little concrete concept of snow? If you are eager to play snow in Beijing, now you don’t have to bother yourself to go to the ski resorts dotted around the suburbs of Beijing ( See the Top 10 Ski Resorts in Beijing ).

You are able to enjoy various snow activities inside Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) during January and February. The two-week Olympic feast has left Beijing the two world-famous Olympic sites nicknamed Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.

Beijing National Stadium faces almost the same problem as other post Olympic games countries in how to keep the their stadiums in the black. So an albatross or a fortune for Bird’s Nest? The fake fluff produced inside Beijing National Stadium since 2009 has shown that it wants a positive result.

The Happy Snow and Ice Season held by National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) generally lasts from Mid-Dec to Feb. As usual the basic snow activities include an artificial snow playground (or so-called ski resort), bumper cars, sled runs, snow castle featuring cartoon characters an ice rink.

Beijing National Stadium’s 80% of the annual income comes from the entrance tickets paid by visitors during their maiden Beijing tour, Making the good use of Bird’s Nest in winter is aimed at keeping its profit generating momentum.

People have to shell out over RMB 50 apiece just to enter the stadium, plus RMB 40 for the snow playing inside, added up to RMB 90 per person.

The Third Happy Snow and Ice Season at Bird’s Nest
Opening Time
9:00 – 17:30
Entrance ticket: RMB 50 + RMB 40
Transport:  about bus lines or the Metro Line 8
Hotline:010-84373008
Please check How to visit Bird’s Nest for more transport information.

There are various entrances leading to the compound where the Bird’s Nest is located. We enter the complex buildings from its northeast entrance. I take a whole picture of the huge Bird’s Nest thanks for Canon.

We enter the complex buildings from its northeast entrance


We are on the first floor of National Stadium with a fairly clear picture of the ski resort.

We are on the first floor of National Stadium with a fairly clear picture of the ski resort.


The snow castle featuring cartoon characters on the snow.

The snow castle featuring cartoon characters on the snow.

An ice rink on the man-made snow field.

An ice rink on the man-made snow field.

Walking up to the fifth floor step by step.

Walking up to the fifth floor step by step.


On the fifth floor and about to see the playground.

On the fifth floor and about to see the whole playground.


Now we have a panoramic of the whole ski resort at Bird’s Nest.

Now we have a panoramic of the whole ski resort at Bird’s Nest

Very few people on the snow playground.

Very few people on the snow playground.


Tip : Hassle-free Beijing Guided Winter 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 in winter:
Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$79 p/p
Beijing Winter Downtown Day Tour  from US$65 p/p
Beijing Nanshan Ski Day Tour  from US$89 p/p
Beijing 4 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$275 p/p
Beijing 5 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$369 p/p

Further Readings


Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

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.

How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
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When planning Beijing tour during Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year, many first-time visitors would ask the same question “How to spend Spring Festival in Beijing 2018?”.

Spring Festival or Chinese lunar new year 2018 starts on Feb 16,2018, the start of the Year of Dog according to the Chinese zodiac.

The official 3-day Spring Festival holiday plus 2 connected weekends make 7 consecutive days off from Feb 15 to 21, 2018. 

There are many choices to celebrate the new year in Beijing. Different people have different tastes in terms of sightseeing, events, shopping, entertaining,etc.

You may check out my personal suggestions for spending Spring Festival in Beijing as follows:

1. How to spend Chinese lunar new year’s eve in Beijing ( Feb 15,2018)

1) Participate in the new year activities at your hotel, such as making dumpplings…
2) Find a comfortable bar to kill your time during the new year’ eve
3  Spend Chinese new year’s eve with a local family
4) Stay up for the TV gala
5) Purchase some fireworks or firecrackers at the local outlets

6) When new year comes, go out for viewing the fireworks and join in them

2. Beijing Temple Fairs

Visiting one or two temple fairs is a must for spending Spring Festival in Beijing. Though temple fairs in Beijing don’t have much change every year, people still flock there to sense and feel the new year,  which main activities include special local food and snacks, plentiful products of arts and crafts, souvenir stalls, food vendors and recreation places for the games.

At a temple fairs, you will eat local flavor, view or buy local arts and crafts and play games at a temple fairs.

Major temple fairs in Beijing

Period: Feb 15 – 21, 2018
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: RMB 10 ( non-temple fair time: RMB 2 )
Children under 1.2 meter high: free
Bus lines:
North Gate: 743、822、35、41、957、750、705 get off at Guangminglou
Northwest Gate: 60、8、116、6、12、352、958 get of Beijing Amusement Park
East Gate: 122、51、T3 Get off at Beijing Tumor Hospital
Add: No.8, Longtanhulu, Chongwen, Dongcheng District, about 1km east of Temple of Heaven
Complaint Tel: 67144310, 67185980

Longtan Park Temple Fair

Ditan Park Temple Fair
Period: Feb 16 – 21, 2012
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Children under 1.2 meter high: free
tel: 6421-4657
Bus lines:
13, 116, 62, 44, 117, 909, 800, 807, 820, T2, 27, 104, 358, 119, 407, 328, 803, 18, 850, 113, 858, 644, 643 or Subway Line 2 at Lama Temple
www.dtpark.com
Chaoyang Park Carnival
Period: Feb 15 – 21, 2018
Entrance fee: 10 RMB
Add: 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Bus Lines:  No. 31, 117, 302, 406, 608, 703, 705, 731, 758, 750, 815, 831, 834, 8473. 

Ice Skating

There are a number of open-air ice skating rinks inside 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 Skating on Shichahai Lake

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.

5. Snow Skiing

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 the Beijing ski resorts offers snow related activities such as stimulative Motorcycle on snow land, snow flying disk, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, Ice garden, and Snow garden.

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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 .

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

Any questions, just drop a line.