A meal of fire and ice -- Hotpot served on frozen Yellow River
TAIYUAN, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Hotpot lovers now have a cool place to enjoy the spicy dish -- on ice.
Traditional Chinese copper hotpot is now being served on frozen Laoniuwan, a section of the Yellow River at the juncture of Shanxi Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in north China.
A maximum of 15 people can sit and dine around the largest pots, which have a diameter of 1.2 meters and a height of 1.5 meters, said Guo Xin, marketing director of Puhui, a tourist company in Pianguan County, Shanxi.
Guo said the temperature has been below minus 10 degrees Celsius, and the ice on the river surface is around 60 centimeters thick, which is safe for the tourists.
"It feels cool with the heat in my stomach and the occasional creaking of the ice under my feet," said a tourist surnamed Hao.
Go-karts, snowmobiles, and bumper cars are also available on the ice.
Laoniuwan is a tourist resort that used to be a military and trade town where the Yellow River, China's second longest waterway, and the Great Wall meet. However, tourists rarely visit during the freezing winter.
"We hope the 'hotpot on ice' project will offer tourists a different experience, so that they can feel the charm of our mother river," said Guo.