Ice-and-snow tourism gains steam in China

CHANGCHUN: Wang Zihao from south China’s Guangdong Province couldn’t hold back his excitement when he got off the train in the northeastern city of Changchun, which had just been blanketed in snow, something he had never seen before.
“It’s the smell of winter,” said Wang as he started his Lunar New Year vacation.
Wang was attracted to Changchun not only by the snow but the array of ice-and-snow activities. In recent years, cities across northeast China have continuously placed emphasis on developing ice-and-snow tourism to get past the “declining industrial base” stereotypes.
In 2016, Jilin Province proposed the construction of world-class ski resorts, first-class skating pavilions and world-class mountain snowboarding resorts. Today, the Changbaishan Mountain, being one of the top powder snow bases in the world, has become an ideal destination for skiers with its lush ski resorts. Several cities in northeast China have established their own local brands, making use of their strengths and traditions, such as the rime festival in Jilin City, the winter fishing-themed festival at Chagan Lake in Songyuan City, and the ice-and-snow sculpture festival in Harbin City. In addition to building a good reputation among travelers, the booming ice-and-snow economy has also boosted purchase orders and cooperation opportunities. –Agencies