Sunday, January 30, 2011


One doesn't associate China with skiing but in the last ten years it's become quite popular, in the north at any rate. There are around 15 resorts within 100 miles of Beijing and today we went to the nearest, Nanshan. The hills are real but the snow comes from machines rather than the sky. It was slightly odd looking down from the top: white slopes framed by a parched, brown landscape. The last time Liz and I went skiing was in Japan nearly ten years ago - in fact that's where I learnt - but this was the first time for the girls. We hired instructors and they did really well. And you can do the whole thing in a day.

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