It is a site seen as such an impressive example of landscape garden design it has been named on the World Heritage List.
Usually packed with visitors during the summer, Kunming Lake is one of Beijing’s best known tourist destinations. It is often used as the central stretch of water to explore the gardens and waterways of the complex Summer Palace in Beijing in China.
But locals have taken advantage of the recent cold snap which has frozen the lake solid and have taken to it with carts on wheels and sledges.
The mercury plunged to -9C between Christmas and New Year and the freezing temperatures are forecast to continue throughout this week and during much of January.
Dozens of people could be seen in carts and other contraptions to enjoy the icy conditions on Kunming Lake this weekend as temperatures reached -7C last night.
Some were seen on bikes while others appeared to be on a form of sledge, armed with poles to help them slide along the icy surface.
The lake is man-made and a central feature of the Summer Palace. People rowing the lake can get views of Longevity Hill and the Tower of Buddhist Incense situated there.
The palace covers 2.9 square kilometres, or 490 acres, and is made up of three quarters of water – in which Kunming Lake is the central feature. Hills and water are combined with bridges, halls, palaces and temples to make up the site and it is usually flooded with visitors every summer.