Chilling Out at Beihai Park in Winter

While people cram for space on neighboring lake Houhai, a quieter Beijing winter scene plays out in Beihai Park. The imperial garden may be littered with historical sites, but when winter rolls around it’s obvious that the ice of Beihai Lake becomes the main attraction.
Five separate sections of ice are spread out across the 35-hectare lake, which include areas specifically for activities like sliding around on ice chairs, sprinting on ice bikes, skating, and even driving ice bumper cars.
The main section is by the park’s southern gate, where there’s space for every activity. A set of speakers play Chinese pop songs out to the buzzing congreg