The cliffs of the canyon are crystal clear, the snowways of the mountains are white and shining, and the big cities and towns are full of ice and snow pageants… Since the beginning of winter, winter tourism in Gansu has continued to rise. Peripheral and short-distance tours with the theme of enjoying ice and playing snow are in the ascendant, and many tourist attractions and ski resorts are recovering rapidly in the severe cold.
In the middle of winter, when entering the Guan’e Valley Scenic Spot in Dangchang County, Longnan City, the blue lake in summer was replaced by a blue “ice costume”. The endless waterfalls on the cliffs condensed into a spectacular ice waterfall and ice hanging, which made tourists marvel. They took out their mobile phones to take photos and punch cards to collect this rare ice and snow.
“I heard from my friends that Guan’e Valley is particularly beautiful in winter, and you can also see ice falls, so I came here to play on the weekend.” Zhang Yi, a tourist from Chongqing, said on January 8. In addition to the natural scenery, there are also interesting skiing projects in the scenic area for tourists to experience for free, and the scene is full of laughter and laughter.
Luo Gang, director of the management committee of Guan’egou Scenic Area, said that this year, Guan’egou Scenic Area has specially created snow sculpture viewing, skiing, ice and snow tourism photography competitions and other activities to attract tourists from surrounding cities and counties and local areas.
On January 8, the launching ceremony of the fifth “Meet Wushaoling · Ice and Snow Carnival” Ice and Snow Art Festival was held at Wushaoling International Ski Resort in Tianzhu Tibetan Autonomous County, Wuwei City. At the event site, Tibetan girls danced happily in the Guozhuang dance, and professional players glided down from a high mountain with an altitude of nearly 2800 meters, leaving a beautiful arc on the white and shining snow path, which made tourists repeatedly applaud. In the play area, there are many kinds of entertainment items, such as snowboarding, snow circle, children’s snowmobile, etc., which can be participated by adults and children.
“This is my first time to learn board. Under the guidance of the coach, I soon got started.” Lu Xingyu, a tourist from Jiuquan City, said that the scene was very lively and the overall experience of this trip was very good.
Pei Jianhong, chairman of Gansu Lanshen International Travel Service, said that recently, many cities and prefectures in Gansu Province are holding ice and snow cultural tourism festivals, actively promoting ice and snow tourism products, and the on-site passenger flow is considerable. With the approaching of the Spring Festival, the number of people returning home increases, and the ice and snow tourism consumption is expected to usher in a small upsurge.
Not only are the ice and snow festivals around the city and in the scenic spots in full swing, but it is also becoming fashionable for some counties and districts to hold ice and snow tourism festivals by exploring ice and snow resources. On January 1, the opening ceremony of the first ice and snow tourism festival in Mumatan, Minxian County, Dingxi City, was held in Mazichuan Town. The ice castle, colorful lanterns and ski trails transformed the former Mumatan into a winter fairy tale town. Local people competed to attend the ice and snow festival at the door of their home.
Chen Weizhong, director of the Gansu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, said that Gansu planned to launch a number of high-quality winter and spring tourism products with local characteristics, such as ice and snow, hot springs, ecology, countryside, sports, health care, folk customs, to meet the needs of the masses for winter and spring travel. At the same time, preferential policies have also been greatly released. More than 330 scenic spots, including the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang, Zhangye Colorful Danxia, Pingliang Kongtong Mountain, have implemented preferential policies and free admission, accounting for 85% of the total number of A-level tourist attractions in the province.
Statistics show that during the New Year’s Day holiday this year, Gansu received a total of 2.425 million tourists and achieved 1.16 billion yuan of tourism revenue. The province’s tourism showed a strong recovery trend.