Skiing at China’s Sun Mountain Yabuli

The rapid economic development that China is experiencing is resulting in a growing number of middle and upper class citizens who are starting to explore available options for leisure and entertainment activities. Recognizing this, Melco China Resorts has revealed plans for the development of a world-class ski resort, Sun Mountain Yabuli. Located about 2.5 hours by road, or 90 minutes by train, from the city of Harbin in the northern Heilongjiang Province of China, the four-season Sun Mountain Yabuli resort aims to be China’s first international-standard ski resort.

The boutique-style Sun Mountain Lodge has been invited to join the prestigious “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” collection, which includes more than 440 hotels in over 70 countries, guaranteeing guests that certain standards are being met by the hotels they endorse. By December 2008, the resort will boast three hotels, the Sun Mountain Lodge at the top of the mountain and two hotels at the base. With a total of 312 rooms, Sun Mountain Yabuli will include 24 luxury suites with saunas, outdoor hot tubs and observation decks. An additional condo-style hotel with 263 rooms is planned for completion by December 2009. Moreover, mountainside resort homes will be available for sale to private individuals.

Excellent conditions for snow skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are virtually guaranteed during ski season, thanks to state-of-the-art snowmaking facilities. Heated high-speed gondolas and chair lifts ensure that skiers get to the slopes without delay. Restaurants, cafés, health spas and exciting nightlife all go towards ensuring that guests enjoy a memorable holiday.

In addition to superb on-mountain and resort activities for skiers of all levels of expertise, from beginners through to professional skiers, Sun Mountain Yabuli will offer a range of activities depending on the season, including boating, water sports, zip lining, horse-riding and mountain biking. Camping facilities will be available for those who want to forgo the extensive comforts of the hotels in order to get closer to nature. Sun Mountain Yabuli will also be offering wilderness schools from summer 2009.

As an endorsement of the superb winter sport conditions that prevail at Sun Mountain Yabuli, the resort has been selected to host the World Winter University Games to be held 18-28 February 2009. For snow skiing enthusiasts with a hankering to try something different, a trip to China and a visit to the Sun Mountain Yabuli is likely to be just what you are looking for.