Beijing Winter Travel

Beijing is a wonderful place to go during winter when the city assumes different landscapes for visitors to admire. Winter usually lasts from November until March in Beijing, and it is cold indeed. However, the season is endowed with unique qualities, and you will have a great time, too. Here are some reasons why you should be tempted to go to Beijing in winter, and some advice on what to do.
 

Why to Travel to Beijing in Winter?

 There are many interesting activities that can only be enjoyed in winter, such as skiing, skating, and appreciating ice lanterns and snow.

 Many traditional festivals are celebrated in winter, like the Laba Festival, Chinese New Year, and Lantern Festival; during the celebration periods, visitors can taste delicious festival food and experience traditional folk customs.

 Travel expenses are greatly reduced in winter apart from during public holidays. There are savings to be made on such things as flights, hotels, admission fees, and charges for using facilities at scenic spots.

 Scenic spots will be less crowded in winter. So, visitors will certainly have a much better experience.

Skating in Beijing
Skating over Frozen Shichahai
Red Lanterns
Festival decorations during Chinese New Year

What to Do?

Here are some suggestions on what to do when you travel to Beijing in winter.
 Appreciating Snow
As a typical northern city in China, Beijing is endowed with snow in winter. Sometimes, it snows to everyone’s surprise and the city presents a unique landscape. Everything is so peaceful and charming. Come out and enjoy the snow scenes; it will leave you with a deep impression. A visit to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall at this time will be a wonderful once in a life time experience.

 Skiing
Skiing is not only very exciting, but also good for ones' health. Skiing is a great way to exercise, breathe fresh air, and have a lot of fun. There are many ski resorts in Beijing, including the Huaibei International Ski Resort, the Jundushan Ski, the Nanshan Ski Village, the Shijinglong Ski Resort, the Yuyang Ski, the Qiaobo Ice and Snow World, the Yunfoshan Ski Resort, the Badaling Ski Resort, and the Xueshijie Ski Resort. Choose one and delight yourself in the white wonderland.
 

 Skating
Apart from skiing, skating is also a popular and healthy sport. It can improve one's sense of balance, coordination, and enhance flexibility. While exercising their hearts and lungs, skaters have lots of fun in sliding and gyrating on the pure ice. There are indoor and outdoor skating rinks in the city. The most popular indoor rinks are the New World Skating Rink, the Le Cool Skating Rink, and the Rink at the Olympic Sports Center. Outdoor rinks include the rink at Shichahai, the Rink at the Taoranting Park, the Houhe Skating Rink, the Rink at the Yuyuantan Park, the Rink at the Zizhuyuan Park, the Ice Rink at the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), and the Rink on the Weiming Lake in the Beijing University. Skating is very popular with people of all ages on cold days. Tourists can experience the real life of local people by joining them in the exciting activity. 

 Hot Spring Bathing
It is a unique and beneficial experience to bathe in a hot spring in the bitter winter cold. Hot springs are abundant with minerals and essential microelements. It can help to ease metabolic diseases, joint and respiratory disorders. Furthermore, they can make one's skin smooth and delicate. There are many hot spring resorts in and around Beijing, including the Longmai Hot Spring Village in Xiaotangshan, the Nangong Hot Spring Resort, the Hot Spring Resort at the Yingda Biological Garden, and the Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort.
 Tips on Hot Spring

Ice Lantern
Colorful Ice Lanterns

 Enjoying Ice Lanterns
Ice lanterns are a beautiful winter decoration. They fall into two types in accordance with their method of creation: freezing and ice-carving. To make ice lanterns by freezing means filling moulds with water, freezing them outdoors, taking out the ice, and lighting a candle in it. The other method is to carve different figures from a block of ice. These may be ice dragons, lions, towers, horses, or peacocks. The result is a beautiful ice lantern when lighting a candle in it or installing a lamp. After being lit, the lanterns will present different colors. That is very fascinating! Enjoying ice lanterns is a traditional custom during Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival. The most popular destinations to appreciate ice lamps include the Longqing Gorge in Yanqing, the Workers' Stadium, and the Olympic Park.

 Attending Temple Fairs
Various temples fairs are held during the Chinese New Year, including the Red Mansions Fair at the Grand View Garden, the Imperial Temple Fair at the Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace), the Fair at the Ming Tombs, the Temple Fair at the Longtan Park, the Fair at the Temple of Earth, and the Fair at the Lianhuachi Park. Tourists can enjoy wonderful folk performances, such as the Oral Stunts, the Beijing Opera, and the Diabolo Performance. They can also appreciate other aspects of cultural heritages, including the paper-cut, pottery, and shadow puppetry.
 

Hot Pot
Mouth-watering Hot Pot

 Eating Hot Pot
After having a lot of fun, you may be cold and hungry, and wonder what to eat. The favorite has to be hot pot. You and your friends can sit around a simmering pot at a table, place your favorite ingredients into it, and then you can help yourselves. Typical hot pot dishes include the thinly sliced beef and mutton, meat balls, seafood, dumplings, wontons, noodles, mushrooms, seaweed, sweet corn, tofu skin, lettuce, and other green vegetables. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce, like sesame paste, chili sauce, and pickled tofu. It is all so delicious, and you will soon get warm.
 

Tips

 It can be very cold outside, so you are advised to put on thick jackets, hats, masks, and scarves before going out.
 Wear a pair of antiskid shoes after snow because the road will be slippery .
 Wear an anti-haze mask to protect yourselves from haze when necessary.
 Remember also that it is quite dry in this season. So you should drink plenty of water, eat fresh vegetables and fruit, and apply some moisturizer to your exposed skin.
 Wear a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes when skating and enjoying snow outside.
 Book transportation tickets well in advance during the Chinese New Year to avoid disappointment.

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