Text by Ton Xingyu
The falling flakes of snow often serve as a subtle remind er of the´countdown. 0f the final moments oftheyear.After expe riencing spring rains, summer heat; and the autumn harvest, many´have no trouble enjoying theicy days of winter. The seasenal cycle repeats itself year after y.ear, and the partlcularly adventurous usually seek thrills in the snow-white chills indulging in uniquely winter outdoor activities.
Along with the development of modern tourism increasing numbers of people are no longer content to count the co*d hours at home, dreaming of pleasant spring´. days. Rather, they choose to brave the outdoors to find enlightening experiences between the longest nights of the year. Of the available winter activities, ice and snow sports starkly contrast leisurely hot springs visits, but combining. the opposites can create an irresistible attraction. In this issue, China Pictorial recommends several destinations where sleek white scenery complements gurgling hot springs, creating a tasty treat that makes winter months infinitely more attractive.