December 2017 Trip to China

Part 1

This latest installment of Travelling Blades highlights the December 2017 trip to China of Marie Wong (STARSkate 4), and her little brother Jasper (CanSkate 5).

On their very first full day in Shanghai, they headed out with great excitement to the All-Star Skating Rink and Skating Club hidden in the lower floor of the Mercedez-Benz Arena stadium (formerly the Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center).


The colourful competition rink sits surrounded within a shopping mall. Marie met three gold level skaters practicing with their coaches during the quieter weekday period. The figure skating club also shares the rink with boys’ and girls’ hockey teams.

Marie glows with excitement as she awaits to skate!


Marie focused on spirals as the colours of the rink change around her in the rink.

Half-way through her time there, Marie worked on her solo. The rental skates made jumping difficult, as they had been worn by thousands of different feet and were worn out. Ouch!

Part 2

Near the end of the trip in mid-January, Marie and Jasper arrived in Ottawa’s sister city, Beijing.

From among the several outdoor skating facilities to choose from, they decided to go to the famous Shichahai Lake (similar to Ottawa’s Dow’s Lake) just next to the Forbidden City.

Marie throws on a pair of locally-made rental skates.

Marie enjoyed the figure-skating-only section of the lake in the early weekend morning while there were less people. Later in the afternoon, the ice was jam-packed, shoulder-to-shoulder with skaters.

Marie and Jasper enjoying a heartwarming snack break! Yum!


Part 3

Bicycle Sleds and Chair Sleds everywhere! A beautiful day. Lots of family fun.


Marie working on her Power Strokes with Mom!


Marie and Jasper enjoying the afternoon making friends with other skaters at the lake.

Part 4

Marie and Jasper chilling-out post-skate in the sub-zero with a popular Icy treat!


You can see now that it isn’t that cold on the lake… Watch where you skate or you will be going for a swim instead!


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