Ice Swimming – the key to eternal youth?

It’s supposed to increase vigor, strengthen the immune system and improve your mood. At least, that’s what fans of the sport say. Taking a dip in temperatures as low as -30°C may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for a group of pensioners in northern China’s Heihe city, it’s a way of life. . […]

Heroes of Ice

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has been pulling in crowds since the 1980s. Preparing for the event is a huge task and is carried out by China’s unsung hero: the migrant worker. . Watch on Youtube or Youku

Can Snow Polo Attract China’s Super Rich?

So, you’re building a two billion dollar property development and need to attract the super rich to fill it. How to get the word out? One solution is to hold the largest polo tournament in the world – on snow. (Photo: Courtesy of Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club) . Watch on Youtube or Youku

Chillin’ in Harbin (literally)

If you think the weather’s getting cold, spare a thought for the local residents of Harbin city in northeast China. Each winter they have to endure temperatures around minus twenty degrees centigrade. But despite the freezing weather the city is a fascinating place to visit, as CRI’s Dominic Swire finds out. . Watch on YouTube […]

The Coolest Place in Beijing

During the peak of summer, the temperature in Beijing can rise to an uncomfortable 40 degrees Celsius. So what better way to escape than go skiing? Dominic Swire did just that at an indoor ski resort north of the city.

Nanshan Ski Village – a review

. A review of Beijing’s Nanshan Ski Villlage and a demonstration that there is more than one way to come down a ski slope… . Also published here:

Jundushan Ski Resort – a review

. The first thing that strikes you on a visit to Jundushan Ski Resort is the facilities: the main building is large, clean and modern, and their payment system is well organised. There is a long row of ticket kiosks just to the left of the entrance where you can pay for your ski pass […]