City planners in ChongLi have a big dream. That ChongLi will become the playground not only for Beijingers but also those foreign tourists who arrive in Beijing with an interest to do more than just see the standard sights. In ChongLi, they envision, a whole recreation industry will emerge to fulfill those getaway dreams of both foreigners and Chinese alike. Beginning this year, it appears that dream might just come true.
Located 50 KM north of Zhangjiakou in the northern Hebei Province mountains, Chong Li is rapidly being transformed into what the planners hope will be the #1 playground for Beijing'ers. Up to very recently it was just the little town you drove through to get to Wanlong or other regional attractions. Two years ago a couple of hotels were built to serve the growing needs of visitors to the two ski resorts around it. Frequent skiers began as well to soak up the available rental housing in town. Now they are getting serious about development. This past summer saw an explosion in new housing designed for the vacation market and should, finally, successfully kick off the China ski condo industry in a big way. A new Bar Street with restaurants and entertainment will round out the offerings as the new housing is snapped up and becomes the base of a substantial new Ski town.
ChongLi RongChen Property Development
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I Snow hotel in Chong Li
Chong Li now has eight new hotels built specifically for the resort business. The first to open was the I Snow hotel, a basic but comfortable business hotel level property. This was followed by the Rong Chen, a 4 star hotel associated with a major property development. Opened last winter was the third major hotel for this small village, the Morte Fountaine Holiday Hotel (梦特芳丹假日酒店) that is at the turn off for the road to Wanlong. Across the street from the Fountaine is the Spa Holiday Hotel. Both are also connected with major property development projects.
This summer saw the opening of 3 new moderate priced hotels in the new Walking Street area and another on the main street. An additional 4 star hotel is under construction on Main Street.
In addition to these the main base village with it's hotels at Genting Secret Garden is nearing construction. Also a stand alone resort hotel between Secret Garden and Duolemeidi opened last winter.