Skills of international skiers shine at Harbin marathon
Updated : 2020-01-13
By ( e.my399.com )
The ski marathon is an important event of the China-Finland Winter Sports Theme Year and is a joint effort between the Nordic nation of Finland and China to strengthen their winter sports and tourism cooperation.
Officials said the government of Harbin signed a cooperation agreement with the Finland Skiing Association in Beijing on Jan 15, 2019 to introduce the Finlandia Ski Marathon, which is one of the most influential ski marathons in the world.
More than 2,500 cross-country skiers are testing their skills, physical strength and willpower over a three-day competition period.
It includes professional skiers from more than 20 countries and regions including China, Russia, Finland and Norway.
Skiers are competing in a 50 kilometer event, a 25 km event and a 2.5 km event.
When the marathon finishes, a cross-country ski track -- the first of its kind in Harbin -- will be opened to the tourists, according to the event organizers.
Harbin regained the honorary title of "National Civilized City" on Aug 21.
Harbin Economic and Development Zone recently issued measures for the innovative development of the industrial chain.
The Harbin area of China (Heilongjiang) Pilot Free Trade Zone recently moved to streamline its small business licensing regulations to help stimulate the zone’s economy.
Heilongjiang province will leverage all its formidable array of natural advantages to develop its popular winter tourism.