There’s no better way to warm up in this freezing weather than getting in some good, wholesome exercise, especially indoors, buffeted from the elements. If the crowds and chaos at Houhai are too much and the outdoor rink at The Village is too small, then check out Shunyi’s Ice Zone – an indoor rink where your youngsters can skate, twirl and shred to their heart’s content. Admission costs RMB 30 on weekdays and RMB 50 on weekends, and the entry ticket includes unlimited skating and skate rentals. Free lockers are available (RMB 1 coin deposit) and if you require anything else, just ask the friendly English-speaking staff.
People of all ages and all levels can carve it up at Ice Zone. Two coaches are available daily and private figure skating programs cost around 150 RMB an hour per student. Youth programs include Basic Skills skating programs, Jump and Spin classes for figure skaters, Power Skating and Advanced Skating for hockey players, holiday camps, private lessons and performance classes. Standout performances by past students include “High School Musical” and “Madagascar on Ice.”
For moms and dads interested in skating there are a range of adult programs, including Adult Learn-to-Skate classes and Women’s Hockey. This hockey program for beginners is ideal for moms who want to learn ice hockey in a playful, supportive environment (1,000 RMB for 10 sessions). For more experienced players, there are Adult 3-on-3 hockey games on Tuesdays for only 500 RMB (10 sessions).
Ice Zone also hosts birthday parties, corporate/fundraising events, school Physical Education classes and science field trips, and there is a cozy lounge with a snack bar and children’s play area.
Ice Zone 冰点地带
River Garden Clubhouse 2/F, 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District
Monday and Thursday 12-5pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-4pm
010 8046 6092
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