Winter is a season for skiing and snowboarding and China offers an expansive choice of venues for these winter sports. Here is a selection of the best ski grounds chosen by the editors of the travel section at sina.com.cn, the nation's most popular web portal.
Xinjiang's Silkroad Ski Resort [Photo: Agencies]
Xinjiang's Silkroad Ski Resort
There is nothing more pleasant than gliding down a slope surrounded by natural forest. While in big cities it is impossible for skiers to have this intimate experience with nature, in the open spaces of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region you can be as close to nature as you want.
The Silkroad Ski Resort is located within the Nanshan National Forest Park, some 38 kilometers from Urumuqi city. Capable of hosting ten thousand visitors at a time, the ski resort has trails catering to different levels of skiers from children and beginners to professionals. The resort also has instructors and a section specially designed for snowboarding.
However, what makes the resort stand out from the rest is its magnificent mountain views. The resort has a sightseeing cable car that climbs to the peak at 2280 meters altitude. Long distance visitors can also stay the night at the resort's wood cabins and try some Xinjiang delicacies at its restaurant.
The Silkroad Ski Resort opens from early November to the beginning of May the next year.