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How to Visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Don’t miss an excursion to Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival (延庆龙庆峡冰灯). 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. The Longqing Gorge Scenic Area is 15km in the northeast of Yanqing County, about 80km from Beijing city center.

The Longqing Gorge 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.  For example, for the year 2013, the ice lantern festival  lasted from January 10 to the end of February with four sections – Colorful lanterns, Ice Carving, Snow Sculptures and the “Longqing Gorge Cup” International Ice and Snow Carving Competition. You have 350 ice lanterns, 250 ice carvings, over 60 snow sculptures, over 200 groups of colorful lantern, 300 tree lanterns.

In addition, there were a group of city lanterns of several ten hundreds meters long and several ten thousand decorative lanterns represented by Ruins of St. Paul in Macao, Hong Kong Disneyland, Nanshan Temple in Hainan Island, City Hall of Sansha City, the Sea Goddess Mazu and 101 Tower in Taipei and more classical elements.

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 5;00pm to 10:00pm.
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 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

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.

Suggested Lodging in Yanqing for overnight
1) Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa Resort 延庆金隅八达岭温泉度假村
Add: Guishui N St, Yanqing, Beijing,
Tel: +86 10 6914 8833
Note:you can do the booking through the page:  Beijing Jinyu Badaling Spa

2) The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel
Tel: +86 10 69121156, +86 13911753888
Fax: +86 10 69122118
Note: Please visit the website : The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel  and directly book online.

3) Commune by the Great Wall
Please visit their official website: Commune by the Great Wall  and book online.

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 Great Wall

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 radiant ice lanterns

The lit ice carvings

The lit ice carvings

The lit ice carvings

The colourful 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

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

A panoramic view of the ice city of carvings

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

1) Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival & Badaling Great Wall Day Tour
2) Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival Night Tour

Further Readings


Beijing Ski Tour
Beijing Winter Tour

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.

Beijing Ice and Snow Festival at Former Imperial Garden Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace )

Monday, December 13th, 2010
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The First Imperial Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) Ice and Snow Festival is held from the winter solstice (DEC 22, 2010)  to the Lantern Festival (FEB 17, 2011) which last 58 days.
 
The theme activity “Ice and Snow Festival 2011 and the Royal Old Summer Palace” is held in the Yuanmingyuan Ruins Park for 58 days from DEC 22, 2010 to FEB 17, 2011, the first kind of ice and snow activity ever held in Beijing.
 
The ice and snow activities are classified into two sections – Baqi (Eight Banners) Snow Activities and Baqi (Eight Banners) Ice Activities
 
Baqi (Eight Banners) Snow Activities include real people plain playing CS, inflatable castles, royal hunting, children snow paradise, real people mountain playing CS, snow motors, New Zealand Zorbs, snow rings, skis, skiboards, the ice castle, ice slides etc.,
 
Baqi (Eight Banners) Ice Activities include ice cars, ice bikes, ice monkeys, ice bumper cars, ice shows and ice playing(bingxi) activities.
 
The snow activities are held first. The ice activities are held based on the ice frozenconditions.
 
 
This ice and snow fesitival held in Beijing has four highlights:
 
Highlight One: See Bing Xi (former royal ice playing ceremony in Qing Dynasty)…
As the Qing Dynasty’s Royal Garden, a garden toppling all other gardens,  Yuanmingyuan was once one of the living places for the emperors in the Qing Dynasty. During the Qing prime time, the emperors would stay much longer time in the garden even more than in the Forbidden City.

Bing Xi (Ice Playing) Ceremony in Qing Dynasy from huangjiabingxuejie.com

 

The emperors still attached great importance to the ice and snow sports activities after they moved from the cold northeast China. In addition, the emperor Qianlong set “Bingxi” (a kind of royal ice and snow activities ) as a “national folk”. Today in Palace Museum there is still kept a “Bingxi Map” (ice and snow playing map) depicting the grand ice and snow playing ceremony.
 
Highlight Two: Easy transportation, ice and snow carnival on the subway
Skating, skiing and snow playing, these words are far away from the capital city of Beijing geographically. Now this winter, they are no longer far away. The “Royal Old Summer Palace Ice and Snow Festival”, a Beijing winter outdoor ice and snow festival, the most accessible. Visitors are able to use the Metro Line 4 for the big ice and snow carnival.
 
Highlight Three: Intangible Culture Heritage Shows, Shadow Play…
According to the organizers, organizing the “Ice and Snow Festival 2011 and  The Royal Old Summer Palace,” is based on the concept of “ice tempering your will and culture touching your heart.” 
 
So, this festival will not only be a “fun”, it will be to create a taste of Beijing’s most cultural winter festival. Accompanied with winter sports is a cultural festival and exhibition on the activities, including the Royal shadow, educational carnival, cartoon shows, circus, and the theme of the folk arts and crafts exhibitions and so on intangible cultural heritage.
 
Highlight Four: Lantern Festival overlaping the ice and snow festival
The lantern festival (Feb 03 – Feb 17) is also held during the ice and snow fesitival. The two events are interwoven, bringing much delight to the visitors. 
 
Then the dragon and lion dances, riddles, comic opera and other Chinese New Year event will add much to festive atmosphere at the ice and snow at Yuanmingyuan. Visitors are expected to feel the festive atmosphere, appreciate traditional culture, experience a different kind of Yuanmingyuan and Beijing.
 
Address: Yuanmingyuan, Haidian District, Beijing, Yuanmingyuan
Entry Ticket: RMB 30 including the fee for Yuanminguan itself.
Time: December 22, 2010 – February 17, 2011
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 18:00
Enquiry: Tel: 13910579806 (Ms Cui)
How to get there:
Take the subway line 4 to the Summer Palace Station, exit from Gate A
Or take buses: 432,656,681,717,743,982,664 and drop off at the south gate of the Yuanmingyuan
 

 The Fees for the Individual Snow Activities:

No. Snow Activities Fees
Weekday Weekends  Holidays
1 Snow Flying Source RMB80/Hour RMB100/Hour
2 Ski RMB80/Hour RMB100/Hour
3 New Zealand Zorbs RMB30/Half Hour RMB40/ Half Hour
4 Snow CS RMB35/per time RMB35/Per time
5 Royal Horse Riding RMB20/per ring RMB30/Ring
6 Ancient Chinese Attire Photography on horseback RMB30/PP RMB30/PP
7 Royal Equestrian RMB120/Hour RMB100/Hour
8 Dog sledge RMB100/Ring RMB100/Ring
9 Snow Motors RMB30/Ring RMB40/Ring
10 Inflatable Children Castles RMB30/Hour RMB30/Hour

 

The Fees for the Individual Ice Activities:

No. Ice Activities Fees
Weekday Weekends  Holidays
1 Skate RMB30/Hour RMB40/Hour
2 Ice Car RMB20/Hour RMB30/Hour
3 Ice Bike RMB30/Hour RMB40/Hour
4 Ice Monkeys RMB10/Hour RMB15/Hour
5 Ice Bumper Car RMB35/Time RMB40/Time
  
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