Winter is coming, and while that may be an excuse for some to curl up with a good book and never leave the house, the more health-conscious among us are probably looking for ways to stay active during the months ahead. If you're looking to get a little fresh air along with your exercise, look no further than these four popular locations for skiing in Yinchuan.
1) Zhongshan Park SkiingView In Map
Located inside Yinchuan's biggest all-purpose park, Zhongshan is the perfect place for those with no car, who don't want to travel too far, but still want to ski. It's not exactly mountainous terrain, so don't expect any thrills and spills here, but then again that makes it perfect for young children who just want to get a taste of skiing and maybe build a snowman or two.
Add: Zhongshan Park Ski Resort, 152 Beijing Dong Lu (near Fenghuang Bei Jie), Xingqing District, Yinchuan
Tel: 951 5032 373
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Price: park admission free, ski pass prices not available at time of writing
Getting there: take bus No. 17, 20, 22, 41, 102, 201 to Zhongshan Park West Gate (公园西门站)
2) Yuehai Park SkiingView In Map
Yuehai is located inside Yinchuan's largest and best-preserved natural ecological wetland park. As such the slope is not steep (or long), so perfect for beginners. While the ski area is nothing special (especially if you've skied on a real mountain before), it can make for a fun day out nonetheless especially if you take advantage of the other activities on offer such as ice skating on the adjacent lake, ice chair scooting or spinning tops (it's a thing). Yuehai gets extremely crowded during Spring Festival so try to avoid coming here during the holidays.
Add: Yuehai Park Ski Resort, near Lanshan park and Qinshui Beida Jie, Jinfeng District, Yinchuan
Tel: 951 7863 121
Opening hours: starting end of December, 9:00-17:00
Price: 10 RMB (park admission), 200 RMB (ski pass, weekday, full day), 260 RMB (ski pass, weekend, full day), 310 RMB (ski pass, holiday, full day)
Getting there: take the Lanshan Park bus line to Lanshan Park East Gate (览山公园(东门)
3) Suyukou Ski ResortView In Map
Suyukou is northwest China's largest professional alpine ski resort, with slopes for skiers of varying skill levels, open from December through February. You'll find the courses here to be slightly steeper than most, so leave the kids and the old folks at home for this one.
Add: Suyukou Ski Resort, inside Suyukou Forest Park, Yinchuan
Tel: 951 2079 103
Opening hours: starting form middle of Dec, 8:00-17:00
Price: 10 RMB (park admission), 150 RMB (ski pass, weekday, full day), 280 RMB (ski pass, weekend, full day), 320 RMB (ski pass, New Year's or Spring Festival, full day)
Getting there: from Yinchuan Xinyue Square (银川新月广场), take ski bus No. 1 to the final stop Suyukou Ski Resort (苏峪口滑雪场); buses leave 10:30 on weekdays and 9:30 and 10:30 on weekends and holidays, and return at 16:30 on weekdays and 15:30 and 16:30 on weekends and holidays.
4) Sand Lake Ski ResortView In Map
Skiing probably isn't the first thing you think of when you hear the name "Sand Lake", but when the lake is covered with ice and the sand is covered with snow, it makes perfect sense. Definitely don't miss the snow and ice festival that happens every year around New Year's Day, where you can ski and ice skate in between enjoying ice sculptures from all around the northwest region. There's even ice fishing, polar bear competitions, sledding, and horse-drawn sleighing.
Add: Sand Lake Ski Resort, Sand Lake Scenic Area, Pingluo County, Yinchuan
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Tel: 952 6684 025
Price: 60 RMB (park admission), 60 RMB (ski pass, per person per hour), 200 RMB (deposit)
Clothing rental: 30 RMB
Getting there: from Yinchuan Beimen Tourist Bus Station (银川北门旅游汽车站), either take a direct shuttle to Shahu Jingqu (沙湖景区) (available from 8:00-17:00) or take a bus going to Dawukou (大武口), Huinong (惠农), Hongguozi (红果子), Rujigou (汝箕沟), Longhu (隆湖), Pingluo (平罗), Yaofu (姚伏), or Shahu (沙湖).
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