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Wanlong Ski Resort Photos

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
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Plan your Beijing winter tour?  Going to a ski resort is something interesting both to skiers or non-skiers.  Entertain or challenge yourself skiing on a snow trail in defiance of numbling cold or just sit for a cup of coffee in a cozy house in a ski resort.

There are over a dozen of ski resorts in the outskirts of Beijing. Most of them are only 1-2 hours away from your downtown hotel in Beijing,  a delight for  daytripers to visit his or her favoritte ski resort.  For more information on Beijing ski resort, you may check the top 1o Beijing Ski Resorts.

If you have more leisure time for Beijing winter tour,  you may consider going to Wanlong Ski Resort, especially you are a skiing lover.  Wanlong Ski Resort is located 260km northwest of Beijing. It is within Chongli County in Zhangjiakou City.  To get to Wanlong Ski Resort, you may take the train from Beijing West Railway Station to Zhangjiakou South Railway Station, where you hire a local van or car for your final destination. Or you may hire a varn or car going directly to a ski resort from your hotel downtown Beijing.  For private transfer, please check Wanlong Ski Resort Transfer.

For your glimps of Wanlong Ski Resort, we offer some of the photos taken on the Wanlong Ski Resort.

Service Building

Service Building Photo

The service hall seen from the high cableway

The service hall seen from the high cableway

Enjoy leisure time at the service building

Enjoy leisure time at the service building Photo

 

Salomon ski shoes

Salomon ski shoes

Going up

Going up

Mor chairlifts

Mor chairlifts

 

Iron poles for the cable car

Iron poles for the cable car

back from skiing

back from skiing

a brave young skier

a brave young skier

Fall down and stand up

Fall down and stand up

Going down the snow trail

Going down the snow trail

Wanlong Ski Resort is now equipped with 5 chairlifts

Wanlong Ski Resort is now equipped with 5 chairlifts

Two iron poles supporting the cable car service

Two iron poles supporting the cable car service

Is the dog going to ski

Is the dog going to ski Photo

 

the wooden house on the top of the mountain

the wooden house on the top of the mountain  Photo

 

a cone-shaped solid tower of stons atop the hill

a cone-shaped solid tower of stons atop the hill Photo

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Drive from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort, Beijing Wanlong Ski Resort Driving Route

Saturday, November 6th, 2010
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As a keen skier, when you plan your Beijing Tours in winter, you have many options of ski resorts to choose from such as Nanshan Ski Resort, Jundushan Ski ResortYuyang Ski Resort etc.
If you are a high-level skier wanting to take more advanture and would like to pay a little more as well as give yourself more leisure time in Beijing, then I suggest you to go to Wanlong Ski Resort.
Wanlong Ski Resort is the largest mountain ski resort in Northeast China with 22 trails ranging from advanced-level to primary one. It is located in Honghualiang, 12km in the east of Chongli County of Zhangjiakou City, 260km north of Beijing.
There are two expressways connecting Beijing andWanlong Ski Resort  – Jingzhang Expressway and Zhangcheng Expressway. Jingzhang Expressway (Beijing-Zhangjiakou Expressway) is part of Jingzang Expressway (Beijing – Tibet Highway). Zhangcheng Expressway means “Zhangjiakou – Chengde Expressway”. You first get to Zhangjiakou City, by driving 200km along Jingzhang Expressway and then change for Jingcheng Expressay and reach Chongli County  by driving 50km, then get off the expressway and drive 10km to Wanlong Ski Resort along the province-level mountain road.
One big problem about the driving from Beijing to Zhangjiakou or vice versa is traffic congestion. Light traffic jam happens every day. If you are unlucky, you will be stuck on the way for hours, even for days in the most extreme cases. But the traffic congestion never frightens people driving from Beijing to Zhangjiakou City,. It is said that the second highway is under construction between Beijing and Zhangjiakou City,
When you are going to return from Wanlong Ski Resort to beijing and learn that Jingzhang expressway is seriously jammed, you can consider to use the mountain road returning to Beijing and skip over the Jingzhang Expressway as stated below:

 

Beijing Wanlong Ski Resort Driving Route

Travel tips from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort by road:

1. Ready for plentiful bottle of water, but drink as little as possible to avoid using toilet.
2. Prepare for snacks
3. Think of how to use tolets if stuck on the way for a long time
4. Spare enough time on the way

Normally it takes 3 hours from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort by road. But on December 03, 2010, we made a 5-hour trip from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Resort due to some traffic congestion on some sections on the way. If you are interested in knowing what’s like on the way from Beijing to Wanlong Ski Reort driving on Jingzhang Expressay, and further to Wanlong Ski Resort

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We start at 6:30 early in the morning and try to avoid heavy traffic. Still a little surprised, you see there has been already much traffic on the east second road. 

We start at 6:30 early in the morning and try to avoid heavy traffic

Now we are on the north second ring road with colorful leaves on the road sides.

Now we are on the north second ring road with colorful leaves on the road sides

We turn north at Deshengmen and drive all the way to the Qinghe Toll Gate and embark Jingzhang Expressway (Jingzang Expressway) through the ETC Gate.

We turn north at Deshengmen and drive all the way to the Qinghe Toll Gate

At the distance of 46km, we drive by Changping Disrict, one of the 14 districts under the administration of Beijing. The famous Ming Toms are located in Changping. 

At the distance of 46km, we drive by Changping Disrict

At the distance of 61km, we pass by Juyongguan Great Wall . The pass looks gorgeous!

At the distance of 61km, we pass by Juyongguan Great Wall

The road after Juyongguan Great Wall is quite difficult to drive due to the higher slope and sharp curves. 

The road after Juyongguan Great Wall is quite difficult to drive

At the distance of 68km, we are passing by Shui Guan Great Wall ( Water Pass Great Wall ). This section of the Great Wall is seldom on the travel list of foreign visitors mainly becuase it is too artificial and teemed with domestic tourists.

At the distance of 68km, we are passing by Shui Guan Great Wall

At the distance of 80km, we are driving by Badaling Great Wall . The early morning Badaling Great Wall in autumn looks amazing!

At the distance of 80km, we are driving by Badaling Great Wall

Haven’t come back at the joy of seeing the grandeur Badaling Great Wall , we come to a standstill, the first traffic congestion on the way.

We come to a standstill, the first traffic congestion on the way.

We are moving again and soon we are sandwiched by trucks and lorries.

we are sandwiched by trucks and lorries

Zhangjiaku still 93km away, almost half way. We have to drive on the emergence lane with the fast lanes occupied by trucks.

Zhangjiaku still 93km away

We see hundreds of wind turbines on the both sides of the highway. China is said to be the leading wind turbine production and operation country in the world.

We see hundreds of wind turbines on the both sides of the highway

It is an important fork. Drive right you go to Datong and drive left you go to Zhangjiakou. So, don’t confused!

Drive right you go to Datong and drive left you go to Zhangjiakou

Now we are close to the city of Zhangjiakou. There are 5 entrance toll gates to the city of Zhangjiakou. We randomly choose the Weisanlu Toll Gate and drive along the new finished Zhangcheng Expressway.

Now we are close to the city of Zhangjiakou

 We are driving on the brand new Zhangcheng Expressway. Now Zhangjiakou is 4km and Chongli County is still 50km. But we don’t drive directly to Chongli County . Instead, we go to Zhangjiakou City  for an inspection short trip.

We are driving on the brand new Zhangcheng Expressway

We enter Zhangjiakou City through Weisanlu Toll Gate.

We enter Zhangjiakou City through Weisanlu Toll Gate

Zhangjiakou City  is a booming city, the size of twice as big as Beijing. Zhangjiakou is a vital north gate to Beijing due to its strategic location as well as a passage to the development of west China. It is also a transport hub of coal shipment of Shanxi coal and Inner Mongolia trade. It now administrates 3 districts and 13 counties occupying an area of 36861 square meters with a population of 4.49 million.

After simple lunch at Zhangjiakou City, we start for Wanlong Ski Resort. Wanlong Ski Resort is located 12km in the east of Chongli County. So we have to go to Chongli first. This time we don’t choose the Zhangcheng expressway from Zhangjiakou to Chongli. We drive along the province-level mountain road to Chongli. It turns out a great scenic drive!

Wanlong Ski Resort is located 12km in the east of Chongli County

After a short break at Chongli County, we continue to drive 12km along the montain road to Wanlong Ski Resort. The view on the way is very beautiful!

we continue to drive 12km along the montain road to Wanlong Ski Resort

 

 

At the distance of 260km, we reach our destination – Wanlong Ski Resort!

 

Zhangjiakou City is a booming city, the size of twice as big as Beijing

 

we reach our destination – Wanlong Ski Resort

Wanlong Ski Resort!