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Ice, snow hot commodities in Jilin

By Song Mengxing and Han Junhong | China Daily | Updated: 2019-04-26 08:05

The Beidahu Ski Resort has hosted all the snow-based competitions at the sixth Asian Winter Games and three sessions of National Winter Games. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Jilin Stadium is a large comprehensive sports venue that can hold 10,000 people and has hosted big competitions such as the national figure skating championship.

Liu Fei, mayor of Jilin, said that the city should focus on the whole industry chain of ice and snow and pay further attention to related tourism, culture, sports, manufacturing and training of professionals to boost the ice and snow economy.

Taking the opportunity of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Jilin has set up a leading team for developing the ice and snow industry and also a special fund for the sector.

Skaters train at an ice-sports center in Jilin city. [Photo by Zhao Yiliang/For China Daily]

Centering on three winter tourism resources - frost, ice and snow and hot springs, the city has organized colorful sports events for months, including an international frost and ice-snow festival, an international ice-snow photographic exhibition, an international winter dragon boat regatta, a national winter swimming competition and a national ice hockey league.

Due to the unique charm of icesnow resources, a large amount of social capital has been attracted. Beidahu started 15 major projects such as hotels and apartments in 2018, with the total investment worth 3.16 billion yuan.

The city now promotes winter sports through publicity campaigns, as well as by training teenagers and holding professional competitions. Jilin Beishan Four Season Skiing Park, an all-weather standardization skiing training ground, has recently been training young athletes on its 1,308-meter trail.

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