A skater performs her routine at a previous Skate Beijing event. Photo courtesy of http://kids.youth.cn/
Like watching ice skating? China World’s Le Cool Ice Rink plays host to over 200 youth skaters from around Asia this weekend in Skate Beijing 2011.
Free to watch, the event starts Friday afternoon at 5pm and goes to 8pm, with sessions on Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10am to 1pm.
Most of the competitors are between the ages of 3 and 21 and hail not only from Beijing but also from Hangzhou, Thailand and Hong Kong. Competitors will perform everything you can dream of on ice, from interpretive dance and basic hockey moves to advanced routines the likes of which you see in the winter Olympics.
If you’re looking to skate this weekend at Le Cool you’ll be out of luck, the rink will be closed for public skating until after the competition.
A detailed schedule of this weekend’s events can be found here http://www.lecoolicerink.com/15.htm, while general information can be found here: http://www.lecoolicerink.com/Bisai.htm.