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Kanas Ice and Snow Festival Opens in Xinjiang

Date: 2011.12.02 Editor: Evelyn Shi

Kanas Scenic Area of Xinjiang opened its first Ice and Snow Festival on Nov 30th, which becomes another tourist destination after Harbin of Northeast China for ice and snow tourism.


Located in the middle section of Altay Mountains in North Xinjiang, Kanas Scenic Area highlights China's deepest freshwater lake - Kanas Lake. Embraced by snow-capped mountains, the scenic area is covered with dense forests and is the only region where animals and plants of South Siberia species can be found in China. In the winter, the ice and snow add another kind of beauty and romance to the scenery.


Besides the stunning scenery, visitors can also enjoy the unique ice and snow entertainment here. Altay is honored as "the cradle of traditional Chinese skiing". There are wonderful skiing shows on ancient skiing boards performed by local people during the festival.


Xinjiang, which has a high quality of snow and a long snowy period, has rich resources for developing winter tourism. Through more than 10 years of effort, Xinjiang’s ice and snow tourism has entered a boom season.