This event has now passed.For winter revelry, no backdrop is more breathtaking than Beijing’s imperial gardens. So count your lucky mittens that the Summer Palace has opened its beautiful Kunming Lake for ice-based cavorting.
Skates are sadly forbidden; only sleigh-like ice-carts (basically chairs on skis) and ice-bicycles are permitted (‘icicles’, surely?). But don’t let that dampen your spirits, since ice-cycling is actually bucket-loads of fun. There’s a generous stretch of the lake to ride on, from near Longevity Hill to the Seventeen-Arch Bridge, and a welcome lack of excessive fencing, unlike at many other lakes. Plus, it’s nowhere near as crowded as Houhai, even at weekends.
Prices: Summer Palace entrance is 20RMB, Ice-cart hire 50RMB or 100RMB (double) per hour, Ice-bike hire 100RMB. Skating rink entrance 50RMB if you bring your own skates; Ice slide 20RMB each time. Free for children under 1.2m but must be accompanied by a paying adult.