Winter Olympics prompts skiing construction boom in China

Weaving down a steep slope, snowboarder Zhang Xu skid gracefully to a halt in a shower of white powder — one of a new generation of Chinese people learning winter sports in brand new indoor facilities. “I fell in love with the sport,” said 25-year-old Zhang, who started coming to the Sunac Snow Centre in Chengdu in July, the same month it opened. “Skiing used to be a relatively small sport (in China) but now it’s more popular, and the credit for that is down to the Winter Olympics,” he said. The 2022 Beijing Winter Games have inspired a boom in construction of snow resorts; their numbers have…

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