Chongli stands as the Chi­nese equiv­alee

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE -

Much of Zhangji­akou lies in the tran­si­tional ter­rain be­tween the moun­tains and the plains. Called “by the lo­cals, it refers to an el­e­va­tion of 1,200-1,400 me­ters above sea level, which means it is sev­eral de­grees cooler in summer than places like Bei­jing and hence a perfect re­treat from the heat.

Hid­den among the rolling steppes and gen­tly sin­u­ous moun­tain ranges is a 133-km road of­fi­cially called “Grass Sky­line” and of­ten com­pared to Route 66 in the United States.

Me­an­der­ing from Zhang­bei all the way to Chongli, this scenic drive has been a big at­trac­tion since it opened in 2012.

You’re ad­vised to avoid the con­gested stretches by tak­ing the by­way so to speak, the sec­tion that leads to Chongli, which pro­vides abun­dant photo op­por­tu­ni­ties but not the crowds.

Upon en­ter­ing Chongli, one gets the im­pres­sion that summer here is just a hia­tus from one long magic win­ter. The streets are clean, and rows of re­sort apart­ments await their va­ca­tion­ing vis­i­tors or own­ers.

This county of 126,000 res­i­dents is blessed by snow­fall six months of the year, mak­ing it a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for skiers.

In 2015, it re­ceived 2.77 mil­lion vis­i­tors, gen­er­at­ing 1.94 bil­lion yuan ($291 mil­lion) in tourism rev­enue.

Ever since some ski lovers stum­bled upon this place in the late 1990s, Chongli has grown into a hot spot for win­ter sports and va­ca­tion­ing.

As of now, it has 102 ski slopes to­tal­ing 112.6 km. As many as 34 of these slopes, with five aerial tramways, be­long to the Gent­ing Group, a Malaysian con­glom­er­ate that in­vested 15 bil­lion yuan into a huge com­plex of ho­tels, restau­rants, theme park and other fa­cil­i­ties.

On July 31, 2015, Zhangji­akou won the right, to­gether with Bei­jing, to host the 2022 Win­ter Olympics.

Half of the medals for the event

ba” Chongli county in Zhangji­akou, with snow­fall for six months in a year, has b e Sky­line”, a 133-km road in sin­u­ous moun­tain ranges.

will emerge from events in Chongli, which will be con­nected with the cap­i­tal city via a high-speed train.

By that time, the travel time will be short­ened from the cur­rent three hours to less than one hour. The train sta­tion will be right next to the Olympic vil­lage, which is un­der con­struc­tion, and all sport­ing venues will be within a fiveminute drive.

But you don’t need to wait un­til Jack Frost kisses your face to visit this charm­ing town.

We bumped into many sports fans on the moun­tains, which are cov­ered with wild flow­ers of vi­brant col­ors. Some were bik­ing on trails and oth­ers hik­ing and t ta S th G th k th lii

PHO­TOS BY SHI JIASHENG AND Y

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