By Xinyi Li, EDITOR
After the colorful autumn, finally, it began snowing in Chongqing’s high mountain regions. And then, the snow-wrapped winter landscapes turned up overnight. Here are some beautiful places for appreciating and playing with snow in Chongqing and the surrounding areas. Enjoy yourself with your family and friends!
Chengkou County is always the first to meet the snowy condition in Chongqing each year. It has started snowing as early as October 18 in Huang’anba Scenic Area, causing a stir in Chongqing people’s Moments. Just the other day, the high altitude area in Huang’anba once again underwent the temperature-dropping and snowing weather. Looking ahead, you can see miles of gorges and stretches of forests covered with snow, like a wonderful wash painting.
How to play: The nature lovers can watch the flocks and herds in the wide colorful lawn. The colored leaves in the colorful forest and the falling snow set each other off, thus giving birth to a fairytale beauty.
Delicacies: Chongqing Little Bamboo Steamed Noodles, Farm-Style Preserved Steamed Pork, Double-Flavor Fried Bean Dregs
Self-Driving Route: South Road of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport—Chongqing-Linshui Expressway—Dazhou-Chongqing Expressway—Dazhou-Shaanxi Expressway—Chengkou-Wanyuan Fast Channel—S202—Chengkou-Wanyuan Expressway—Guanyintang Road—S301—Huang’anba Scenic Area (Kanggu), Chengkou County
As the Wansheng Economic and Technological Development Zone is further promoting “national fitness”, the ice and snow tourism in Wansheng District has also ushered in its boom period. When the snow covered Black Valley, the Ordovician Dinosaur Ice and Snow World—the nearest ski resort to the main city, as well as the Nantianmen Ice and Snow World with various entertainments, such natural winter sceneries and a variety of winter sports offer tourists great choices for winter tourism. The through ticket in the Ordovician Dinosaur Ice and Snow World allows visitors to enjoy the ski resort for free, along with free equipment such as snowshoes, snowboards and snow caps, thus giving tourists an enjoyable experience.
How to play: The Ordovician Dinosaur Ice and Snow World and the Nantianmen Ice and Snow World with various entertainments are perfect choices. After enjoying these sports, visitors can also experience the high-altitude projects, such as “sky hanging corridor”, “8-meter cliff swing” and “extreme leap”, to feel the excitement between the clouds.
Delicacies: Rice Cooked in Bamboo Tubes, Yelang Duiwo Chicken, Spicy River Snails, and Wild Fiddlehead Fern
Self-Driving Route: Chongqing Ring Expressway—Chongqing-Guizhou Expressway—Qijiang-Wansheng Expressway—Tashan Road—Wandong Road South—Heishangu Avenue—County Round 866—Wansheng Black Valley Ecological Scenic Area
Since the early hours of November 7, a heavy snow has suddenly swept Xuebao Mountain in Kaizhou District. The swirling snow, like elves, seemed both real and imaginary, to decorate the world. A spectacular rime landscape was therefore born on the mountain at an elevation of more than 2,000 meters. Taking a broad view, you will see various snow-capped trees stretching to the horizon, feeling relaxed and pleasant.
How to play: Tianshui Waterfall Scenic Area, Baili Gorge Scenic Area, Xuebao Mountain Top Scenic Area
Delicacies: Kaizhou Mixed Steamed Dishes, Ecological Fish from Hanfeng Lake, Xuebao Mountain Herbal Steamed Bone-in Chicken
Self-Driving Route: South Road of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport—Chongqing-Linshui Expressway—Dazhou-Chongqing Expressway—Wanzhou-Dazhou Expressway—Yingbin Street—Middle Binhu Road—S102—Dasheng Road—S102—S202—Xuebao Mountain
The best time to enjoy the snowy weather here is from December to January. Besides, there are also other options, such as exploring Xiabing Cave, building a snowman, throwing snowballs and going camping on the snowfield. Hongchi Dam has also established the largest outdoor ski resort with the most complete supporting facilities in Southwest China. In addition to usual snowmobiles and snowballs, it has added the projects including chariots, snowmobiles, polar sledges and so on. During the festival, there are firework displays in the snow.
How to play: Citizens can go skiing and appreciate the “Tracks in the Snowy Forest”
Delicacies: Organic Radish and Mutton Soup, Stir-Fried Cabbage, Honey Wine, Stewed Pickled Pig’s Feet with Potatoes
Self-Driving Route: Chongqing-Linshui Expressway—Chongqing-Yichang Expressway—Wanzhou-Yunyang Expressway—Fengjie-Yunyang Expressway—Fengjie-Wuxi Expressway—County Road 322—Hongchiba National Forest Park