Snow draws millions to Xinjiang region
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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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.