Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

  • Celebrated: Jan. 10 to Feb. 28
  • Location: Beijing
ice sculpture of longqing gorge Ice sculpture in Longqing Gorge

Longqing Gorge, located about 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Beijing, and sometimes referred to as the "Little Three Gorges" (as in the three gorges of the Three Gorges Dam project), is named after Emperor Longqing of the Ming (1368-1644) Dynasty, during whose reign (1567-1572), the Great Wall had been penetrated by a Mongol force under the command of the Altan Khan, reaching Beijing itself, though the emperor managed to repulse the khan's army. Later, the emperor, seeking to neutralize the Mongol threat by peaceful means, signed what one might today call a trade and security pact with Altan Khan whereby the khan purchased silk from China in exchange for horses. Peace ensued.

Today, Longqing Gorge, confidently shaded between two tall mountain peaks, is known mainly as the venue for the annual Beijing Longqing Gorge Ice & Snow Festival where, among other things related to snow and ice, massive blocks of ice are sculpted into all manner of interesting, beautiful and sometimes spectacular shapes, including representations of animals (including mythical ones such as dragons), human figures and lanterns. Among the ice-art works are a number of fixtures such as the Peacock Welcoming Springtime (Kongqueyingchun), the Soaring Dragon (Longteng), the Smiling Face (Xinchunxiaokaiyan) and Nature's Annual Revival (Wangxianggengxin). Besides the ice sculptures that can be admired here, there are fireworks ceremonies, folk dancing, and pageants. In addition, there are other nearby ice sports activities separate from the sculptural exhibits, such as ice fishing.


The Beijing Longqing Gorge Ice & Snow Festival, which, at night, is illuminated by a flood of colorful lights, is held each year from the 15th of January through the 29th of February. During the rest of the winter season, the area is closed to tourists, but opens for the summer-autumn season (April 10th to November 15th), where the gorge is known for, among other things, its bungee jumps.

If you are at Longqing Gorge during the summer-autumn season, don't forget to have a look at the nearby Kangxi Grasslands, named after the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty emperor, Emperor Kangxi, who reigned from 1661-1722. And of course, regardless of when you visit Longqing Gorge, you absolutely must visit the Great Wall at Badaling.

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I updated this article on April 10, 2014
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Questions and Answers About Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

Jena 2014-01-22
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Hi am Staying in Shuangjing Beijing since 2011. Is this festival for 2014? How much will be cost for 2 adult and 1 child in a private taxi?

Hi

It takes about 2.5 hours from Shuangjing to Yanqing Longqing Gorges for Ice and Snow Festival. Price is just for your reference : RMB260 or so.  The Festival is from 14th Jan to March.

Enjoy yourselves.

Christy  

Christy Luo replied on 2014-01-23
Stacey 2013-02-10
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I am planning a trip to the gorge and was wondering if there is any hostels or accomodation near by to stay in over night. I have been recommended somewhere in badaling is this nearby to the longqing gorge or how would I then get there from badaling. If I go from beijing how do I get to dengshemen bus station is it easy to find? Thank you in advance.

Hi Stacey, there are hotels in Longqing Gorge Scenic area. Badaling is about 30km to the Longqing Gorge. You can take Fangshan Bus No.33 at Fangshan Passenger Terminal房山客运站 in Badaling, then change Bus No.920 at Yanqing Bus Station延庆汽车站, get off at Longqing Gorge entrance.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-02-15
rachel Fleury 2012-12-26
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We will be in Beijing from the 2nd to the 14th of January. Will we be able to visit the Longqing ice festival then?

Hi Rachel, it is celebrated from Jan. 10, 2013 to Feb. 28, 2013. Sure you will be able to visit it.

Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-27
calvin 2011-10-10
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Hi, Can you advise me how to go to longqing gorge from beijing. I have a day spare to visit this place end of the month. Thanks!
Hi, Beijing Longqing Gorge is located in Beijing Yanqing County, with a distance about 85 kilometers. You could take Bus No. 919 from Desheng Men Jianlou(in Chinese, 德胜门箭楼) to Yanqing County firstly, and then change Bus No. 920 to the Gorge directly. Vanessa Zheng replied on 2011-10-10
How do I goto Deshengmen from my hotel @ Day Inn Forbidden City Beijing? I mean which is the most convenient way. I was told the traffic is really bad. I would like to avoid the peak. Kindly advise. thanks Vanessa. guest replied on 2011-10-10
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