This last Saturday was apparently the coldest day in Beijing in the last 30 years. According to my phone, the temperature outside was -24°C and felt like -35°C. So I thought it would be interesting to go out to the Great Wall of China, about two hours away from town, and take some pictures. I was hoping it would be whiter than it was.
I went to the Xiang Shui Hu 响水湖 section of the Great Wall, which means "river that sounds of flowing water", probably because there is a river near by, as you can see in the first photo.
It was so cold that the steam from my breath would immediately freeze on the back of my camera. I pulled my phone out and it almost immediately shut off.
A couple of years ago I visited the exact same spot at sunset in the spring. The atmosphere was completely different. Here are a few shots from that day so you can compare.