As we head into November and December we hit an array of international holidays and festivals: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, and the preliminary preparations also begin for the biggest Chinese festival, Spring Festival, which lands particularly early this year.
Holidays, combined with fear that stems from the harshness of Beijing’s elongated winter, means that you are probably thinking of getting out of town. With that in mind, we have outlined some of our favorite adventurous domestic travel ideas. If it’s a sunny escape plan that you’re after, Robynne Tindall shares her favorite warm and nearby international travel getaways.
And of course there is always our favorite city that we love to hate: Shanghai. Tracy Wang takes a look at the Shanghai beer scene, perfect for a weekend of exploring suds outside our city.
Luckily Beijing also has its fair share of activities, even during this time of year, as Kyle Mullin explores our suburbs’ skiing facilities, and also looks into the city’s best ice skating rinks and the rapidly growing ice hockey scene. If you are sticking around, you’ll want to pay heed to Tom Arnstein’s winter essentials feature, which lists everything you need to know to survive this time of the year.
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