White River Ice Hike | Hiking down the frozen White River
Hiking down the frozen White River.

White River Ice Hike

Follow a trail that crosses a frozen river in Miyun District, walking out down a long canyon and passing below cliffs on the way to the end. Shunyi area pickups

Level 3
3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 12km. (Can I do it?)
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Bookings close January 30

Booking info

Sunday, January 31

¥420 / ¥380 for members

  1. 8:00am departure from the Shunyi–DD’s Market (near Beijing Riviera, Xiangjiang Rd)
  2. 8:30am departure from the Shunyi–Pinnacle Plaza Starbucks
Snacks and drinks provided after the hike.

Important—To get into the park area at the beginning of the hike you might need to show a green result on your Health Kit/健康宝 app.

Please note additional precautions and terms and conditions for hiking during the COVID-19 situation.

Note—At this time of the year the river should be frozen thick, no problem to walk on. We'll call our local contacts for an update in the week before the hike. If we get to a place where we can't safely cross, we'll stay safe and turn back.

After an interesting drive through the mountains of Miyun, we’ll arrive at a small scenic area where we’ll begin the walk. The scenic area has a long track down a narrow gully that will bring us to the riverside.

We’ll be following the White River as it winds through a deep and wide canyon with numerous forks and steep rocky cliffs, making this an extremely picturesque hike that is easy to finish.

All up, there are around eight places the path crosses the river. In summer we need to take our shoes off to wade across, but in winter we’ll be able to walk across the thick ice.

At times, the trail leads us through trees, but for most of the walk we’ll follow the course of the river. It’s flat the whole way, and the only thing that might slow us down is slippery ice.

Hiking down the frozen White River
Thick ice, frozen clear. (Click for larger image)

Sometimes, we cross over ice that has frozen clear, and we can see all the way down to the bottom of the river. It’s like walking on thick glass – a little unnerving, but very pretty!

Midway on the hike we’ll stop for a quick lunch in a nice spot with rocks and (hopefully!) a bit of sun.

From that spot we’ll walk on down the river, crossing a few more times on the way to the end.

After we’re done hiking we’ll unpack our picnic tables for snacks and drinks, and then we’ll head back to Beijing.

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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