In every season, the bravest Chinese swim in the three artificial lakes clustered together in the city centre (Houhai, Qianhai, and Beihai). They believe that cold water invigorates the body and mind! Fishermen wait patiently for a miracle catch, and impromptu go and mahjong games are set up. Ice cycling is the national winter sport for all generations; at the opening of the season, after the first good frost, Chinese families and friends venture on bikes mounted on skis, chairs or ice skates, laughing heartily.
Try this quirky sport; it will give you a good excuse to nibble on Chinese snacks, like candied apples. You will have the feeling of having had fun the way locals do: a fine example of integration, which justifies taking risks!