Snow draws mil­lions to Xin­jiang re­gion

China Daily (Canada) - - XINJIANG -

govern­ment in­vested 20 mil­lion yuan ($3 mil­lion) in in­cen­tives for travel agen­cies to at­tract tourists to Xin­jiang. The agen­cies re­ceived 50 yuan for ev­ery tourist they brought to Xin­jiang from other parts of China. The in­cen­tive was 15 yuan in 2014.

Be­sides the stun­ning nat­u­ral views and win­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties, tourists also en­joy Xin­jiang’s di­verse eth­nic cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, some of which can only been ex­pe­ri­enced in win­ter, Li Ji­dong said.

Xin­jiang is home to peo­ple from 13 eth­nic groups and each has a spe­cial way to en­joy the win­ter. Peo­ple can stay with the Tu­vans in their pointed houses in Kanas, for ex­am­ple, and try on skis made from pine trees and horse fur. They can also watch the Kazaks and their Golden Ea­gles catch rab­bits in the snow in a hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion that is only held

in the win­ter.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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QIN JIE / FOR CHINA DAILY

Lo­cal Kazak herds­men par­tic­i­pate in a tra­di­tional hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion for rab­bits or foxes on horse­back with ea­gles that they have trained for years, in Yining, Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Thurs­day.

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