China’s Xinjiang, winter sports boost tourism – Xinhua

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(XINHUA) – ÜRÜMQI, MARCH 30 – Chinese Xinjiang is riding the wave of passion for winter sports sparked by the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, attracting more visitors to enjoy its stunning scenery and best Ski stations.

Blessed with mountainous landscapes and long winter seasons, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the far west of the country is turning into a winter sports paradise.

Previous snow treks in the city of Altay by Olympic stars Su Yiming and Gu Ailing have brought public attention back to its booming winter industry.

Since a cave painting of people hunting on skis and sticks was discovered in the area, a work thought to be over 12,000 years old, Altay in northern Xinjiang is considered by many to be one of the cradles of this sport. Local shepherds still use the traditional method of travel with pine wood and horsehair skis.

Altay Prefecture, which administers the city, is known for its long winter season which can last up to eight months of the year. Today, it attracts skiers from all over the world with its vast area covered in natural snow.

Since March, the number of tourists flying to Altay on charter flights to ski has increased significantly, said Wang Xinhui, deputy director of the prefectural office for culture, sports, radio, television and tourism.

Many tourists from the hot southern provinces of China come to Altay especially to experience the charm of snow, according to Wang.

“Altay’s rich winter sports resources are very attractive to ski enthusiasts,” said Chen Jian’an, who runs a company that offers skiing lessons in the southern province of Guangdong.

The boom in winter tourism in the city also offers a glimpse of the vigorous development of the winter sports industry in Xinjiang.

Thanks to the Beijing Winter Olympics, Xinjiang’s winter sports economy has developed particularly rapidly, with the rapid establishment of ice rinks, ski resorts and theme parks.

During the Spring Festival holiday week in February this year, Xinjiang received about 3.6 million tourists, with sales of about 2.6 billion yuan (about 400 million US dollars).

“Currently, Xinjiang is striving to create a world-class industry and develop winter tourism activities such as fishing, spas and snow jumping,” said Hou Hanmin, deputy director of the regional culture department. and tourism, “more fun for tourists, more revenue for local tour operators”. (XINHUA)

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