This is my first winter in Beijing. Although I do not find it as bad as some had warned, it is very cold and the city feels different than in the other seasons.
Here’s some tips to make the most out of this season:
1.Go to the Great Wall, for a hike or an overnight stay.
The Great Wall is, well, great in any season. As long as you put on warm clothes and layers and sturdy shoes, you should be fine. Beijing Hikers organizes day trips all year round. It’s also possible to stay overnight near the Wall, for example at Shan Li Retreats (also great for groups) and the Schoolhouse near Mutianyu.
2. Go ice skating in the park
Once the park lakes are frozen, it is possible to go ice skating. Houhai is a popular place, and the Summer Palace lake is supposed to be nice as well. Skate rental on site, although for those with big feet it might not be able to find skates in your size. Continue reading