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White River Ice Hike

In Brief: 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.

Hikers making their way down a frozen river

Hikers making their way down a frozen river. View more photos »

Key information

  • 3–4 hours of hiking over approx. 12km.

Chinese New Year Eve!

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.

The hike

After an interesting drive through the mountains of Miyun, we’ll turn off the main road and head for the small riverside village that is the starting point of this hike.

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 (and the aforementioned tolls).

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.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • You’ll need good balance to cross the ice.

There are risks involved in hiking. Please read our Risk Acknowledgment and Waiver and inform yourself before participating.

Level3

Level of difficulty

Level 3 hikes are the type we do most often. Level 3 hikes will take around 3 hours, and can be either reasonably easy, or challenging, depending on how often you exercise.

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Hike statistics

  • Distance: 12km
  • Time to complete: 3–4 hours
  • Start height: 247m
  • Finish height: 208m
  • Location: Miyun
  • Drive time: 2 hours each way

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