Beijing, China, March 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Xinjiang has so much to offer — breathtaking winter landscapes, diverse ethnic cultures, hospitable people, tasty local specialties, world-class ski resorts … Jerry Goode, a South African vlogger who rarely sees snow, embarked at the end of January on an adventure to discover an authentic and endearing Xinjiang.
As winter sports fever sweeps through Xinjiang, Jerry traveled to Silk Road Ski Resort, an hour’s drive from downtown Urumqi, to experience the charm of snow and ice cream. The world-class ski resort is a paradise for tourists, ski enthusiasts and professional skiers, where they are supposed to reap incredible thrills and joys while hurtling down difficult slopes.
Jerry, who had never skied before, fell in love with winter sports soon after he jumped on his pair of skis and raced down a hill in the resort.
Although the skiing was wonderful, Jerry knew there was another must-see place on his trip to Xinjiang – Altay Prefecture, also known as the “snow capital” of China. With mountains stretching for hundreds of kilometres, Altay has rich winter and snow resources, making it a dreamland for ski lovers.
There, Jerry saw ancient cave paintings of people hunting with skis found in a cave in the prefecture, which date back more than 12,000 years. They are one of the earliest records of skiing activity in the world.
Jerry also learned how to make fur skis from a 65-year-old Kazakh heir. “It was one of the best days of my life,” Jerry said, reminiscing about his off-road trip to Altay.
Jerry was fascinated by the diverse ethnic cultures of Xinjiang, where the hospitality of the local people also touched his heart. “I fall in love with the culture here and the people are very friendly to me,” Jerry said, adding that he had a great time conversing with people from the Uighur, Kazakh and Mongolian ethnic groups and dancing together on folk music. .
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Jerry said, “Xinjiang is a wonderful land and definitely worth visiting.”
Although the curtains have been drawn on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the passion for winter sports continues to run rampant in Xinjiang.
“Altay is said to be making a bid to host the 2034 Winter Olympics, and I think they already have that,” Jerry said, joking that he would begin preparations to compete in the Games. winter of 2034.