Yabuli Windmill Mountain Resort and Ski in Winter.
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Yabuli’s course has Nordic and Alpine tracks, one of which stretches 70-kilometer-long, the longest in Asia.
Yabuli Windmill Mountain Resort contains a Resort hotel, villas, retail and ski rental shops, souvenir stores, a youth hostel and snack bars. Yabuli’s architecture gives a feel of a Resort that is as comfortable and sturdily elegant as the finest Mountain village with all of the modern efficiency. The wooden windmills, the fireplaces and the primitive building materials create a cozy and nostalgic atmosphere. Yabuli Windmill Resort Hotel has three heating system: a hot water central heating system, central air conditioning and fire-places, let alone other well-equipped facilities, such as saunas and entertainment centers.
Villas scattered around the snow-capped valley of Yabuli surround the warm and hospitable three-star Windmill Inn. The Windmill Villas are built in the style of windmills from the Netherlands and France. Standing in the square in front of the Windmill Inn, tourists can See the beginner’s run. The only run open at night in the Resort can be found near the village’s ski equipment shop, although it has changed and is no longer completely open to skiers. An exhausting draglift has replaced the chair lift, which sends skiers onto a 400-meter-long section of the 1,755-meter-long run. As ski techniques improve, the slopes inevitably lose their danger and once dangerous challenges become too gentle and easy. At present, there are 12 runs, which are 30 kilometers long and three two-person chair lifts. Tourists can try different runs on top of San Guokui Peak. Skiers have to live in hope that fresh snow does not fall during the holiday, when new powder being blown about by the wind forms clouds of snow, making visibility difficult. In the next few years, all run on the three peaks of Yabuli will be joined in a network so that skiers can spend a week there enjoying the different runs. Some of the valleys runs will be turned into a golf course in the warmer seasons of the year to attract people to Yabului all year round. Ski shops, souvenir shops, restaurants and boutiques will be built in the valley. Yabuli will be turned into a ski town. A 15-minute ride on the chair lift takes skiers up the San Guokui Peak, more than 1,000 meters high. A ski shop and café stand on the peak surrounded by dense forests of pine and birch trees. The top slope is longer and steeper than the beginner’s slope and it is possible to descend the peak on the resort’s summer to boggan run, which was completed in 1997. Built with equipment imported from Germany, the 2,680-meter-long stainless steel run snakes through the forests and drops 570 meters from the peak to the foot of the mountain, with 48 turns. It is probably not the longest summer to boggan run of the world, but it is certainly long, steep and slippery enough to give an intoxicating ride. In the sunshine, the San Guokui Peak gives a charming Alpine world of snow and forests against a brilliant blue sky, with spectacular vistas. Coming down, there is nothing like the sound of skis hissing their way along unbroken trails, or the exhilaration of the clear but biting air.
Tourism, regarded as one of the most important industries by Heilongjiang Province, is given priorities to develop. Although Yabuli lays a good foundation for European and American resorts. In 1857, Alpine Skiing Club was established in France. France has more than 450 skiing courses and the total track length is more than 9,000 kilometers at present. In Asia, skiing tourism is picking up. Thousands of tourists in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong o skiing every year. Many courses have been built in the Republic of Korea and Japan.