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Skating at Summer Palace

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Skating is one of Beijing’s traditional pastimes in winter.  There are a few lake-turned skate rinks with a total skating area of 1000,000 square meters in Beijing.  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.

A bit scared of skating on the iced lake surface? Actually, you don’t have to strap on your skates as a trained skater to skate on the frozen surface in Summer Palace or any other skate rinks in Beijing. Just wear your comfortable sports shoes and sit on a char-sled or bike sled, or just ride an ice bike to skate. Of course,  if you are good at skating with skates, the skating rink in Summer Palace is definitely your ideal place to entertain and exercise yourself.

The winter skating starts normally from early January and ends at early February, a month long skating period. The actual skating time largely depends on the temperature and the weather of that period.

Beijing Summer Palace Skate Rink
Entrance Fee: 50 yuan p/p
Opening Hour: 08:30 am – 4:30 pm

There are six entrances to the skate rink scattered in the four directions of Summer Palace – East, South, West and North, very easy for people to choose a convenient entrance point. 30 security guides patrol around the rink to maintain the safety of holiday-makers.

They also have emergency aid kits which include stop bleeding sticks,  medical bandages and other simple emergency drugs.

A wooden corridor floating on the iced lake surface easy for people to reach the ice skating surface.

Ice stool Skating

Back to the starting point of the skating service center.

The skating center below the Longevity Hill

The Kunming Lake Skating under the sunset.

Father and daughter

Couple Chair Skating

Ice Biking

Skating under the nsunset.

Dog sledging.

Add on

How to visit Summer Palace
Top Things to do in winter in Beijing
Top 10 Skate Rinks in Beijing


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