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Yuyang International Ski Resort is a large and new ski resort that was opened in 2006. Though the hills are not tall, the facilities are modern, and there are good hotels and restaurants. One of the restaurants is huge. It can seat 1,500 people and offers buffet, international food and various kinds of Chinese food. The gentle slopes are good for beginners, and the resort is a place close to Beijing where people and their kids can have fun. Ski boards and skis can be rented. Travel to the resort from Beijing is easy. This resort is not designed for experienced skiers, but the gentle slopes, hotels and restaurants offer a day of fun and sun in the snow in the back hills of Beijing.
The resort is located in the Pinggu district east of Beijing. It is one of the largest resorts of its kind within short driving distance of Beijing. Due to the changeable weather in the Beijing area, the ski slopes are not always open during ski season. The resort area is open all year long. There is grass skating, fishing, picking fruits, snowmobiles, a children's playground, horse drawn snow sleds, and other activities for fun.
Yuyang International Ski Resort has the scale and facilities, hotels and restaurants to meet international standards and to entertain visitors. The resort offers facilities for independent visitors, large groups and even VIPs who are catered for in a special lounge on the second floor of the reception building. The operation of the resort is said to be efficient, so once arriving at the outfitting building, you can rent warm clothes, skis and ski boards, boots and other accessories, get dressed and be out on the slopes within half an hour. The drag tows and lifts offer convenient transportation. There are is a quad chairlift and many double-seater lifts. The resort has modern snow making equipment, so if the conditions are right you'll find the slopes well-pisted. Most Chinese are new at skiing, and the resort is in a Beijing suburb, so you are likely to find mainly inexperienced kids and adults just wanting to have fun. The resort is more like a ski park than a ski mountain. You may hear the upbeat music of DJ music drifting up the slopes from the open-air DJ booth at the foot of the hill.
There is a special very large restaurant called the Green Ecology Restaurant that can seat 1,500 people at a time. Apart from the main room, there are scores of private rooms that can be rented for private parties. You'll see that the restaurant is full of plants, and that the place is sort of lavishly decorated. Teams of chefs put out a large quantity of food for the guests. On the second floor, there are rooms with various styles of decoration that were named after flowers and seasons, and on the first floor, there are rooms that were named after pavilions. You can find Chaoyue, Chuanlu, Xiang, Dalian and other kinds of Chinese food, seafood, and Japanese and Western food. There is also a pizza parlor. The main chef at the Green Ecology Restaurant has worked in 4 or 5 star hotels and won a chef competition.
The Yuyang International Conference Centre is a 4 star international hotel located in Pingu. It is a good place to hold meetings since it is conveniently located 50 kilometers from the airport and 60 kilometers from Beijing, and visitors staying there can visit nearby sightseeing areas such as Jinhai Lake, Dongjing Canyon, Jingdong Limestone Cave, and Shilinxia. Of course, visitors can also enjoy the big restaurant and outdoor activities at the resort. The Yuyang International Conference Centre can hold up to 600 people, and it is equipped with earphones and multi-media projectors. The Yuyang Recreation Centre has modern facilities, a Turkish bath, a wave bath pool, and a massage pool.
Since it is so close to Beijing and the airport, travel there is easy. Beijing is about 45 minutes away by car or bus. You can take public buses also. Yuyang can be reached with relative ease from central Beijing by public transport. You can catch bus number 918 from Dongzhimen bus station in central Beijing to Pinggu, and then take a taxi for the remaining 20 minute journey to the slopes.
Ski resorts close to Beijing include: Badaling, Lianhua, and Jundushan. Wanlong that is about 250 kilometers away from Beijing offers skiing all season long, since it sits on a high elevation mountain. There are slopes for advanced skiers such as a Nastar-like course and a mogul field.
Hebei Province has the longest, the best preserved and the best built sections of the Great Wall. Places to see well preserved sections include the Jiaoshan Great Wall, Shanhaiguan Pass, Xifengkou Gateway, and Zijingguan Pass.
The peak crowds on the slopes come during the two week Spring Festival national holidays that start on the lunar new year; that is, during the two weeks after February 13, 2010. The area will be unusually busy on these days, and transportation is more difficult and more expensive.
The varied weather around Beijing may not allow skiing all season long. The resort has snow making equipment.
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