China has announced the plan to build the highest ski resort near Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The new resort is expected to topple the world's current highest one, which tops 4,516m, and is located in China's Jade Dragon Snow Mountain near the ancient town of Lijiang in Yunnan Province.
Although the exact details have not been released yet, it is believed that the new resort is meant to help the training of athletes for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Furthermore, it will offer visitors a chance to ski on top of the world and increase the publicity of Tibet as a paradise for outdoor sports.
At an average elevation of 4,500m (14,700ft), Tibet is abundant in snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Its majestic peaks and natural scenery have long attracted fervent visitors, extreme sports lovers and touring skiers who climb some of the highest peaks and then ski down.
With unique natural resources, Tibet has its advantages in developing winter sports culture. Nyima Tsering, the deputy director of the Sports Bureau of Tibet, said that it's of significance to build a ski resort here because it will help younger generations learn the basics of winter sports before attempting to deal with the surrounding peaks.
To boost the training of Tibetan talent and develop the resort, the Sports Bureau of Tibet has signed a contract with China's Heilongjiang Province in the northeast of the country. The province is home to the country’s largest ski resort, Yabuli, which has a vertical drop of 1,200m (3900ft) and is open from mid-November to March.
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