Located in the trendy Houhai district of Beiijng, this is one of Beijing’s best skating rinks and the only natural outdoor rink in the city. It was a popular outdoor space for years and neighbourhood locals would use it as a public rink during the annual winter freeze. The ice rink was remodelled a few years ago and opened as the Shichahai Ice Rink.
The rink is typically open to the public by the middle of winter (weather depending). For a few months during Beijing’s cold winters, during the week and especially on weekends, the rink is filled with locals and some tourists enjoying winter sports. There are skates, sleighs and even “ice bikes” and “ice chairs” available to rent. It is a great way to enjoy simple winter sports with Beijing locals in one of the city’s largest parks. The entrance is right across the north gate of Beihai Park.
It’s open all day from 9-5 and then open again in the evening from 5:30 until 10 p.m.