Located 90km (56 miles) northwest of Beijing, Longqing
Gorge is in a canyon in Yanqing County.
Rowing and hiking are popular activities in the
summer, but the Gorge is famous for its Beijing Ice Lantern Festival.
From mid-December to the end of January, the area is transformed
into a winter wonderland. During the festival, huge lanterns are
carved from ice and colored lights are placed within creating a
glowing spectacle that is particularly stunning at night. Children
and adults alike can also enjoy sliding down the ice slides in this