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Travelling on furry skis in Xinjiang


Tough path: Mamani skiing on the snowfield in Altay. (Inset) A pair of fur snowboards.  — Xinhua

Tough path: Mamani skiing on the snowfield in Altay. (Inset) A pair of fur snowboards. — Xinhua

URUMQI: Mamani never thought he would ski 300km from his hometown in the mountains to the city of Altay in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, but the 30-year-old herdsman, along with eight teammates, just completed an 11-day journey skiing through the Altay Mountains using ancient fur snowboards.

“We hope that more and more people can learn about these ancient fur snowboards and take part in winter sports through our journey,” he said.

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