2 Jan Ice Waterfall In Baoding Baoding is a town in the northern province of Hebei in China. With the temperatures below freezing point in China during January, it was a perfect opportunity to head out and experience some winter fun in Baoding. The Go Abroad China staff, joined by our participants in the internships in Beijing group, as well as a few others doing Chinese study abroad programs hopped on a bullet train from Beijing to Baoding to catch a different sight! Being on a train with other Chinese passengers presented a great opportunity for our participants to practice what they learned in their Mandarin classes in china; however fast track to when we arrived in Baoding, the scenery was an absolute marvel! The area was mountainous and made up of interesting natural rock formations. The pictures really do speak for themselves! The extensive Mancheng Longju waterfall broke up into separate sections on the hillside area, but because it was in the winter, the water had frozen and thus presented a spectacular envelope of hundreds of large icicles all around. This is an area visited by many tourists every winter season, so much that the tourist board of Hebei province has played a part in arranging the Frozen Waterfall Festival every year here. Chinese and foreign tourists descend here every year to view this amazing natural phenomenon that happens annually in Baoding. Leaving Beijing city and going out even if its just a day’s trip is worthwhile; this is the type of activity that keeps rotating within the Go Abroad China social activities calendar. The study of Chinese language, as we insist here in China is not just about reading from a book and listening to your tutor. The best way to learn Chinese admittedly will include a large portion of formal study, but cultural trips and activities compliment study too.