Beijing boasts hundreds of different parks in urban area. In cold winter, parks will show you different look in this northern city.
Yuyuantan Park Snow Season
With a total planned area of 132.07 hectares and water area of 57.93 hectares, Yuyuantan Park is a comprehensive park in Beijing, and a national 4A scenic area. The park boasts a long history, vast landmass, abundant water, and picturesque sceneries. Yuyuantan Park is famous for its spring cherry blossoms and annual winter festivals. In this winter, the park has marked out an icy area for visitors to enjoy winter activities. The classic snow tubing greeted visitors after upgraded. This item also served reservation for groups on weekdays.
This year, the park firstly opened a new area themed Old Beijing where all kinds of activities popular among Beijingers like rolling loop, kicking shuttlecock, spinning top etc. It will be an ideal option if visitors want to experience old Beijing culture.
Address: In the middle part of the West Third Ring Road, opposite to the CCTV Tower
How to get there: Take Bus No 37, 121, 846 to the north gate; Bus No 32, 414, 617 to the south gate; Bus No 323, 368, 374, 394 to the west gate; or Bus No 114, 320, 717, 727 to the east gate.
Duration: December 15, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Summer Palace Winter Events
Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace transformed into an ice rink in winter. Covering an area of 700,000 square meters, Kunming Lake Skating Rink boasts the largest natural rink in downtown Beijing. Standing on the Kunming Lake, with broad vision, you can look around of Wanshou Mountain, Foxiang Pavilion, Seventeen-Arch Bridge and West Embankment in 360 degree. In winter, the palace gets more mild and vintage. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.
The ice rink is quite popular among tourists. During the weekend, many people came to the ice rink on Kunming Lake to relax or take exercise.
Duration: December 22, 2017 - February 4, 2018
Admission Fee: 20 RMB November 1 – March 31
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 19:00 last entry at 17:00
Address: #19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing北京市海淀区新建宫门路19号
West Gate: Take Bus No.469 or 539 and get off at Summer Palace West Gate Stop (颐和园西门站)
North Gate: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station (北宫门站).
Take Bus No.303, 330, 331, 346, 375, 384, 563, 601, 608, 683, 696, 697, 718 and get off at Summer Palace North Gate Stop (颐和园北宫门站)
9th Bird's Nest Happy Ice and Snow Season
The largest skating rink in downtown Beijing, the Bird's Nest Ice Rink, greeted tourists on January 7. The skating rink is also the venue for the 9th Bird's Nest Happy Ice and Snow Season, which has gained great reputation in the past eight years. Tourists who spend 100 yuan can enjoy all the ice-based recreational activities all day long. What are you waiting for? Come on and experience the charm of winter. This year, a special course introducing the Winter Olympics has been set so that children can learn knowledge when playing.
The Bird’s Nest, or National Stadium was the main venue of the Summer Olympics where the wonderful opening ceremony took place. The National Stadium looks like a huge iron nest which is ideally placed in the Olympic Green. It can accommodate 90,000 spectators, with a construction area of 260,000 square meters. Highlights of the construction including how it works are showcased by photos, videos, and miniature models. Besides, other highlights of the 2008 Summer Olympics are displayed as well such as the torch, instruments, and the property of opening and closing ceremonies etc. You can also view the amazing landscape of the Olympic Green from the top of the stadium due to its having a 1000-meter long corridor established on the top floor.
Admission Fee: General Tickets 100 RMB (Except for Spring Festival Holiday)
Admission Hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Tel: +86 010 84373008
Currency exchange and free tour guide are available.
Location: #1 National Stadium South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Shichahai Ice Rink
The ice rink at Shichahai is always one of the most cared outdoor rinks in Beijing. As the "time-honored" ice rink in Beijing, the Shichahai keeps its popularity among local Bejingers. More and more people have come to visit the rink day and night since it opened to public. Overseas travelers are also seen at the site. It is a place worth going in Beijing this winter.
The limitation on tourists will be implemented If visitors are too many.
This year, the rinks opened 160,000-square-meter skating area to tourists. The traditional Cuqiu activity can be experienced as well! A new area designed for this activity greeted visitors.
The ice rink is themed with Winter Olympics and exhibits champions of winter sports so that visitors to know about Winter Olympics.
Business Hours： 9：00—17：30 18：00—22：00
Transportation: Take subway Line 8 and get off at Shichahai Station(什刹海站)
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