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China, Hebei, Chongli County, Dolomiti Mountain Resort. The first local ski resort backing from foreign investors. It has the fastest ski lift, some of the best facilities, including a bistro serving Italian coffees and pizzas. But it's still a work-in-progress. Opened in 2006 the Chinese "Duolemeidi" ski resort, three hours drive from Beijing has yet to show meaningful return. A chinese skier using a platter pull on a deserted trail at the resort..Want to enjoy skiing in China? First rid yourself of notions that you're heading to France's Chamonix or Italy's Cortina d'Ampezzo. You aren't. The resorts that have proliferated around Beijing, targeting the capital's growing middle class, have slow lifts, poor equipment and icy slopes, usually covered with artificial snow. Planners do what they can to convince you that are in the Alps: Swiss chalets, walls decorated with photos of Alpine meadows that cannot hide the incongruous red Chinese lanterns and the Buddhist prayer flags fluttering outside the windows. The resorts' café are indeed packed with Chinese skiers dressed in the latest ski-suits, smoking, eating and chatting but not much seems to be going outside, where the scene is still one of bumpy nursery slopes crowded with first-time skiers snow-ploughing into one another. Researchs show that chinese skiers are extremely parsimonious by international standards and that the massive "boom" expected by local and foreign developers has still to materialize...
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