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Xinjiang herdsmen preserve skiing's origin with ancient fur snowboards

2019-02-17 00:00:00 作者:admin 栏目:未知

Sengel,a33-year-oldherdsmaninAltayPrefectureinnorthwestChina'sXinjiangUygurAutonomousRegion,startedtravelingthroughinhabitedmountainousregions,onlywithakindofancientfursnowboardsthatwereusedbyhisancestorsabout12,000yearsago.

In2015,anancientrockpaintingdepictingpeoplehuntingonthefursnowboardswasfoundinAltayPrefecture,datingbackabout12,000years,whichmadeAltayoneoftheplaceswhereskiingoriginated.

Thefursnowboards,whicharemadeofpinewoodandhorsehide,arestillbeingusedbylocalherdsmenbecauseoftheirsimpleandsmartdesigns.

"Wechoosethehorsehideonwhichthegrainrunsinsamedirection,whichprovidetractiontopreventskiersfromslippingwhentheyaretravelinguphill,whileallowsthemtoslideforwardmoresmoothlywhengoingdownhill,"Sengelsaid.

Withothereightlocalherdsmen,Sengelplannedtotravelabout300kilometersinmountainousregionsintendays,amongwhichtherouteofover100kilometersisinuninhabitedarea.

"Throughthistraveling,wehopemoreandmorepeoplecanknowaboutourfursnowboardsinordertobetterpreservetheancientheritage,"hesaid.

Whilethefursnowboardsusedtobetoolsforlocalherdsmentotravelandhunt,theyareusedinrecreationalsportnowadays.

ManyvillagesinAltayPrefectureincludingHemuhavetheirownskiingteamswithfursnowboards,holdingskiingcompetitionseveryyear.

Comparedwithmodernsnowboards,thefursnowboardsaremoresuitableforskierstoskiinundevelopedskiingareaswithoutskiliftsorotherformsofassistancethankstotheiradvantagesintravelinguphill,saidMalichin,theteamleaderofthenineherdsmenincludingSengel.

PromotingtheancientsnowboardskiinghasbeeninaccordancewithanambitiousplanChinaunveiledwithitssuccessfullybidforthe2022WinterOlympics,inwhichasmanyas300millionpeopleareencouragedtotakepartinwintersports.

Thecountryreleasedaten-yearplanin2016ondevelopingwintersports,aimingtodeveloponetrillionyuanworth(about147billionU.S.dollars)ofthewintersportsindustrybytheyearof2025.

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