Chinese City Plans To Open 20 Ski Resorts
Rapid expansion of snow sports in China
Baishan, a city of 1.3 million in northeast China's Jilin province, has announced plans to build 20 new ski areas in its vicinity.
Located in the Changbai Mountains, Baishan is being marketed as China’s first “full-range forest tourism area” with forest coverage of up to 84.1 percent. Thanks to the northern temperate continental monsoon climate, it offers sub-zero temperatures for up to nine months of the year, with an average annual natural snowfall of just 400 milimetres (16 inches) – typical of the region.
Currently there are two world-class ski resorts growing in the city’s vicinity. The 23-billion-yuan Changbai Mountains International Holiday Resort has received one million skiing tourists since opening in 2012, with up to 6,000 skiers per day. The other, Changbaishan Luneng Resort with an investment of 11.2 billion yuan has received 30,000 tourists during the first snow season after its opening in December 2016.
With the rapid growth in popularity of snow tourism in China, Baishan city government plans to increase its number of ski resorts to more than 20, and to also build a snow park covering over 100-hectares and attract three million tourists every year from 2021 on.
The city’s transportation infrastructure is also rapidly improving with the construction of five expressways, two high-speed rail lines and three airports. The Changbaishan International Airport, which opened in 2008, now has more than 20 routes to cities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. High-speed rail trains are expected to enter service to the city in 2021.
Patrick Thorne, also known as the Snow Hunter, is an industry expert in all technical developments in snow sports. In addition to his work Patrick is also father and knows the importance and fun of kids on snow. www.thesnowhunter.com