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Improved transport drives winter tourism boom in Xinjiang

By WANG KEJU | China Daily | Updated: 2018-01-12 09:09
A Hemu villager participates in the traditional sport of buzkashi, or "sheep pulling", which is performed for tourists. [Photo/Xinhua]

At the first snow festival in Hemu on Jan 1, visitors saw a string of exciting shows involving ski jumping, snowmobiling, Alpine skiing and ancient hunting practices.

Some archaeologists believe the area was one of the first places where humans used skis. Paleolithic rock paintings of people using skis were discovered in 2005. Visitors can also take part in a search for wolves, which will be held for the second time this year, according to the park's administrative committee.

During the adventure, visitors travel in a horse-drawn sleigh, which remains the primary means of winter transportation in Kanas.

Celebrations for Spring Festival and a winter scenery photography competition have also been arranged, the committee said.

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