As the Middle Kingdom warmly embraces the frosty bosom of winter sports in the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, perhaps it should come as no surprise that a large number of the breakout names and places to watch are hailing from the nation’s cooler climes. Don’t write off South China too quickly though – Guangzhou is getting a piece of the action, with plans to build one of the world’s largest indoor ski parks in the city’s Huadu District already under way.
The Wanda Group, which recently opened a massive 80,000-square-meter indoor ski park in icy Harbin, is bringing snowy fun to the City of Flowers too, with another massive indoor park under construction at the new Guangzhou Wanda Mall set to open in June of next year.
Cantoners will get the chance to escape the subtropical stickiness of daily Guangzhou life with four full-length slopes ranging in difficulty from beginner to amateur to professional, the longest of which will measure 460 meters from top to bottom.
All in all, the indoor facility will clock in at 75,000 square meters of skiable area and sport a considerable 66-meter vertical drop. Developers expect the park to be able to accommodate 3,000 skiers at a time, which is good news, as this one-of-a-kind addition to the roster of weekend activities in the city is sure to draw crowds.
[Images via Tencent News]