Winter Tour ini Shennongjiah ji Forestry District
The snow-covered mountains and green forests in Shennongjia have always been a dreamland for tourists across the country.
When winter is coming, more and more tourists are attracted by a variety of winter sports held in Shennongjia and other regions in Hubei Province. People enjoy the idyllic snowy landscape and entertain themselves by playing the many snowrelated activities which highlight the economic development of the area.
On December 28, 2017, the Second Hubei Ski Race was launched at the Shennongjia International Ski Resort, which lasted for three days. More than 2000 people from different cities and provinces participated in the fierce race.
This race was jointly organized by the Hubei Administration of Sports and Shennongjia People’s Government. It was a province- level ski race involving four different ski resorts in Shennongjia. It has also attracted more than ten thousand ski lovers who came to witness the great race with their own eyes.
“The four ski resorts involved in Shennongjia will draw at least 200 thousand tourists this year during the winter season,” said Feng Wei, director of the Tourism Committee of Shennongjia Forestry District.
On January 21, 2018, the International Children’s Ski Festival kicked off at the Shennongjia Tianyan Ski Resort in honor of World Snow Day. “Shennongjia was one of the 54 resorts in China that were affiliated with the fethestival, and was the only international one in Hubei. This indicates that Shennongjia has stepped outside of Hubei and become known across and outside of the country,” said Liu Shengce, director of the Culture, Sport, and Media Bureau of Shennongjia Forest District.
In addition, Shennongjia International Ice and Snow Sports School was set up with 62 fulltime coaches, able to train more than 60 thousand skiers annually. Many new, themed programs are being explored and installed in the ski resorts in Shennongjia, including Snow Counter- Strike Matches, Snowmobiling, Snow Tubing, Snow Ballooning, Ice Sculpture Exhibitions, a Snow Pet Wonderland, Night Parties, and other diverse recreational programs. Some ski resorts even conduct online live shows of the skiing activities.
January 28 witnessed a sunny day after a long streak of snowy weather. The fantastic scenery from the top of Shennongjia Mountain made Lin Ping, a tourist from Guangdong Province, feel stunned, and she couldn’t help taking photos of everything she saw. Because of the heavy snowfall from the previous days, many roads to the district were closed, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of tourists from all over the country.
Currently, the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and Beijing winning the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics will surely be a boost for the winter sports market, with which Hubei Province will also be facing unprecedented opportunities for its winter sports and activities.
(Photos courtesy of ShennongjiaNews )