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In the light of China's Winter Olympics, ancient cross-country skiing in Xinjiang...

In the light of Beijingโ€™s Winter Olympics, China winter sports in different timesโ€ฆ

๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€-๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด

๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”๐—น๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ซ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ท๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป

๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€...

Skis made from pinewood and furry horsehide have been a mode of transportation in the Altay region of North-West Xinjiang (bordering Russia and Kazakhstan) since ancient times.

Altay is believed to be one of the places where skiing originated. An ancient rock paint found shows people hunting with fur skis dates back about 10,000 years.

Traditional ski festivals, competitions and tours have been organised in recent years to preserve the ancient heritage of these unique cross-country skiing techniques with fur skis.

See a short video impression in following link of a group of local herdsman who went on a 300 km field trip on these ancient snowboards a few years back in following 5iZ blog post :

Different China, Ancient Cross Country Ski

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