Skiing in China: 4 Steps to Plan a Ski Trip
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Skiing in China: 4 Steps to Plan a Ski Trip

By Candice SongUpdated Mar. 25, 2021

China might not be the first choice for taking a skiing trip but with its success in being select to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, more and more ski resorts are being enlarged, updated, or constructed. Currently, China has over 700 ski resorts, which is more than the whole of Europe has, and it is well worth combining a ski tour with China’s historical sites and natural scenery.

Unfamiliar with ski resorts in China? Follow our 4 steps to plan your ideal skiing trip or contact our skiing experts to assist you.  


Step 1: Choose a Suitable Ski Resort

The best skiing resorts in China are mainly spread in four areas: Beijing-Zhangjiakou, Jilin, Xinjiang, and Yabuli. In addition to these four areas, there are also a large number of ski resorts in north China, central China, and east China, but most of them are small in scale.

1) Beijing–Zhangjiakou Area (Olympic Venues)

The natural snowfall in Zhangjiakou is not abundant, but as one of the venues to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making more snow is no problem. China’s largest skiing consumer market, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou area is the most well-equipped and popular destination for skiing in China.

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Read more on Top 10 Ski Resorts near Beijing.

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2) Jilin Area (Amazing Snow and Scenery)

At the so called "Golden Latitude — 43° North" and on the awesome Changbai Mountains, the unique volcanic terrain, abundant snowfall, and low temperatures make this area a great place to experience the best in natural snow.

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3) Xinjiang Area (Alpine Snowscapes, Great Snowboarding)

As one of the birthplaces of skiing in China, Xinjiang has excellent mountain and snowfall conditions. It is the only place in China that is comparable to the world's skiing holy land, the Alps.

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Xinjiang is a good destination for a winter snow trip. If you would not be satisfied with only the fun in the beautiful ski resort, Kanas, a place like an ink painting, will satisfy your senses with wonder. Let us tailor a Xinjiang trip for you.

4) Yabuli Area (Best Ski Resort in China)

As the birthplace of skiing in modern China, Yabuli is the most well-known ski resort among Chinese people.

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Step 2: Plan Your Ski Tour


Transportation (Beijing is Your Hub)

Being the capital of China, Beijing has a highly-developed international and domestic transportation infrastructure.

With the Beijing–Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway to begin operating before 2022, besides the option of a 3–3½ hours’ private drive, you will soon be able to take a 30-minute train ride from Beijing to Zhangjiakou.

When traveling internationally to Jilin or Yabuli (near Harbin), which are both located in northeast China, you should take Beijing as your transit city followed by a 2-hour flight or 5–6 hours by bullet train. If you are an expat in China, you’ll find plenty of flights direct to either Jilin or Harbin from other major cities.

Xinjiang is in remote northwest China and so it is wise to take a flight to its capital city Urumqi from a large city like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chongqing, or Chengdu.

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Ski resorts in China typically offer both luxury hotels/villas and youth hostels. Choosing a suitable lodging mainly depends on your budget and group size.

For beginners or those who prefer to stay close to the slopes, the ski-in-ski-out hotels would be most convenient. But, of course, the price is not cheap.

If you are traveling with a large family or group, you may consider hiring a villa that is equipped with private kitchen. It would be a great option to have dinner together and share your skiing experiences in the evening.

For couples and small family groups with kids, choosing a hot spring hotel inside the resort or nearby for relaxing may be desirable. 

Below are some favorite hotels among skiers:

Beijing Nanshan Ski Resort:

Zhangjiakou Thaiwoo Ski Resort:

Jilin Wanda Changbaishan International Ski Resort:

Yabuli Ski Resort:

For hotel booking or more recommended hotels, please contact our skiing experts for further information.

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Ski Resort Payments and Procedures in China

Getting to know the procedures you can expect at ski resorts in China will save your time and bring you a better skiing experience. Below are the procedures step-by-step:

Step 3: Packing for a Ski Trip


Packing is one of the most important procedures to ensure you a smooth skiing trip. Overpacking or wrong packing might cause problems when taking a flight abroad or domestically, especially paying overweight luggage surcharges. But you don’t want to be under-prepared either.

Follow our instructions or contact our professional travel consultant for further advice.

Bring Your Own Skiing Clothing (Recommended)

The more specialized and expensive items can be rented at the resorts, but it’s more comfortable and convenient to have your own. Besides, these items are all useful in winter weather away from the slopes.

Rent Skis in the Skiing Resorts

If you are a first-time skier or snowboarder, we suggest you rent skis, ski boots, etc. at the resort. Make sure you like the sport before investing in your own sport-specific kit. Even if you are an experienced skier, choosing the most suitable skis/board to match the terrain of the resort is important and would enhance your experience or skills.

Of course, the other benefit of renting is that you don’t have the hassle of bringing your skis etc. to the resort with the potential airport surcharges.

Step 4: Consider Travel Company Help (Us)


Transportation Issues

One of the features of large-scale ski resorts is their mountainous locations, which means they are often far from any city. Just getting there is a problem for many ski resorts. China Highlights offers experienced drivers and high-quality vehicles for the most comfortable and hassle-free ski resort transfers.

Save Money

Most ski resorts offer discount packages to travel agencies, especially when booking well in advance. Book with China Highlights to save your time and money.   

The Language Barrier

Skiing is booming in China and its ski resorts cater well to local Chinese skiers, but English is not so good at ski resorts. With the assistance of a local English-speaking guide your whole skiing experience could be much smoother.

Recommended Tours

With the experience of creating ski tours for over 20 years, China Highlights provides a varied choice of expertly-designed skiing trips around China. Below are some popular skiing tours combining sightseeing at major local highlights.

These tours can all be customized based on your personal needs. Contact us for a unique skiing tour in China.

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