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China to build longest indoor ski slope


7:11 pm
May 27, 2010



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It's going to be 1km long when it opens in the city of
Guangzhou near Hong Kong. Indoor slopes seem to be springing up all over
the place in China. But which country has the most?

The new indoor snow slope will be the country's seventh, and the
fourth to be named after Olympic ice skater, Ye Qiaobo.

She won medals in speed skating at the 1992 and 1994 Olympic Winter
Games and has since developed a love of skiing, in common with millions
of other Chinese people.

110m people live within 100km of the new slope.

The new indoor slope will be nearly twice as long as the current
longest indoor slope at Amneville in France.

It is reported to have been extended to 600m, overtaking the previous
longest in Germany and The Netherlands.

In China though, prior to the construction at Guangzhou, another
indoor slope may be built in Nanjing next year.

It will have a 500m long slope. 

The city, which was the country's capital prior to 1949, has a
population approaching 8 million.

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EnglandWith six indoor centres China will match the UK for
the number of indoor centres, equal third behind The Netherlands with

Japan has the highest number 9.

They are fairly small, built in the 1990's and we can't verify they
are all still operational.

However in China the large size of the new slope coupled with other
large indoor centres means that the country will have more square feet
of indoor snow slopes than any other.

Qiaobo opened her second indoor slope after the initial centre in
Beijing in Hangzhou last October.

After Nanjing and Guangzhou she has also announced her fifth centre
will be built at Chengdu, in the centre of China.


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