Winter sports light up China’s Great Wall

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People ski at Badaling ski resort in Beijing on January 10, 2023. [Photo/CFP]

BEIJING — To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Beijing’s Badaling Great Wall lit up at dawn during the Lunar New Year holidays, reflecting a bustling ski and ice rink near a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Badaling Ski Resort, about 2 kilometers away from the Great Wall, has attracted tourists for fun winter activities.

“Under the guidance of instructors, skiers will be allowed to enter the course after passing the corresponding level test, ensuring the safety as much as possible,” said Yao Yu, general manager of Badaling Ski Resort. Told.

“Now Badaling is known not only for the Great Wall, but also for winter sports,” said skier Wang Da. “It feels good to practice during the Lunar New Year holidays. In recent years, more and more people will participate in skiing as ski resorts in Beijing have been upgraded more and more.”

On the last day of 2022, the Yanqing district in northwestern Beijing will open four tour lines from the city center to the Yanqing Olympic Zone, Badaling Great Wall, Badaling Ski Resort and Shijinglong Ski Resort respectively, which is very convenient for tourists. provided good service.

The venue for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the National Alpine Ski Center opened to the public in early December 2022. Impressive mountain scenery along different levels of tracks provided skiers with many enjoyable experiences. They shared a ski video that went viral on social media.

At Shikeiryu Ski Resort, children in colorful ski suits and cartoon cushion pads learned how to ski from instructors. The resort also arranged entertainment activities for families.

“Since Beijing successfully hosted the 2015 Winter Olympics, the number of visitors to ski resorts has increased year by year. said Chen Xiaowei, assistant CEO of Shijinglong Ski Resort.

Earlier this month, people at the Nanshan ski resort on the outskirts of Beijing brought back memories of Beijing 2022 when they watched Olympic champion Su Yiming win the Nanshan Open with a spectacular trick.

“Almost a year after the Winter Olympics, the Chinese people’s passion for winter sports continues and grows.

A skating rink in Yanqing, which means “the beginning of a dream,” has further improved its training system for teens who practice roller skating before switching to ice skating in 2022.

“In the past month, teenage short track skating clubs have resumed their regular training. Skating could become a hobby, a profession, and even a career for children in the future,” said Mengqiyuan’s coach. said Yu Yongjun,

According to the Beijing Municipal Sports Bureau, the city has more than 80 skating rinks and more than 30 ski resorts, laying a solid foundation for cultivating winter sports talent.

During the current Lunar New Year travel rush, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed rail, which served last year’s Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, saw an increase in ski season passenger flows.

“Tourists from different cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Harbin went skiing on the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed rail in a frenzy of winter sports,” said Wang, head of Beijing’s Qinghe Railway Station. Xiaoyong said.

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