Ice skating at Houhai
If you find yourself in Beijing
during the colder months, check out the icy chaos that transpires on Houhai, the lake to the southwest of the Drum and Bell Towers. Skates, sleds and ice-bike contraptions can be rented at kiosks around the lake. If a mob of ice sport newbies kitted out with sharp points sounds unappealing, know that it's plenty entertaining just to watch. Once you've had your fill of mayhem, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and coffee shops around the lake.