Today: a skier’s paradise?
Aboard a bullet train that departs from the Beijing North Railway Station It takes less than an hour to reach Taizicheng station, which is adjacent to a tourist complex built for the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Zhangjiakou competition area in north China’s Beijing province. Hebei.
In 2015, Beijing and Zhangjiakou jointly awarded the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Taizicheng Village, in the district from Chongli of Zhangjiakou city, was selected as the venue for the Olympics support facilities.
Today, the Taizicheng tourist area, which covers an area of ??350 football fields, has been transformed in the preferred destination for those who savor the fun in the snow with evident relish. One of the favorite options is Thaiwoo. It is one of the largest ski resorts in the Asian country, built with an investment of more than 5,000 million yuan (about 784 million dollars).
“The Winter Olympics have effectively integrated resources resorts in Chongli and have brought more visitors. Major ski resorts are working hard to adapt to the new trend,” said Li Yongtai, Executive Vice President of Thaiwoo. “There is no doubt that more tourists will come after the Olympics, and we are racking our brains to introduce new products and services to them.”
At present, Chongli has seven large-scale ski resorts, with four of them among the top ten ski fields in China. The total length of Chongli’s ski slopes already exceeds 160 kilometers.
In 2019, Chongli was selected by The New York Times as one of “52 Recommended Travel Destinations” for its flourishing industry of the ski. Snow and ice sports have also been given a new look in the other poor village of Taizicheng.
“Most of the young people worked as migrants in other cities before Beijing and Zhangjiakou were selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and those who stayed were mainly engaged in vegetable farming,” explains Gao Wei, Taizicheng Village Party Secretary.
“The frequent gales and blizzards in winter plunged us into extreme poverty,” says Li Guo, a 71-year-old villager. Paradoxically, they have now become a source of income.
Currently, about a third of the people in Taizicheng Village are engaged in work related to winter sports. The rapid growth of the tourism industry has attracted young people and fattened their wallets.
In Sitaizui town, where Taizicheng is located, the per capita net income reached 16,168 yuan in 2021.
Yesterday: Royal Palace?
The construction of the supporting facilities also laid bare the former splendor of Taizicheng, where a royal palace stood about 800 years ago.<br
The ruins of Taizicheng house high-level buildings, distributed along the axis and with huge hall columns, indicating the noble status of the place, explains Huang Xin, deputy director of the Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology of Hebei, who is leading a team of archaeologists in the area.
After completing the excavation, the archaeologists placed the period of the palace in the Jin dynasty (1115-1234). Now, the ruins have been converted into a park with an area of ??about 19 hectares.
Not far from there, rehearsals in the square where medals will be awarded to athletes who climb the Olympic podium are held at full steam.
“The podium will soon attract world attention and become a window to display the Olympic spirit and charm of Chinese culture,” said Gao Tian, ??deputy director of the culture and ceremonies department of the organizing committee.
“The public will not only be able to experience the passion for ice and snow here, but also have closer contact with China’s cultural heritage,” he adds.