While you might think Asia is all lush green rice paddies and white-sand beaches, think again. This massive continent really packs a punch in the winter time, not least because of its fascinating cultural history. Ancient civilisations and modern cultures collide in Asia, meaning you can savour Peking duck, throw back some sake and hit the ski fields all on the same trip. Do it all – and more – during a Contiki Winter & Ski holiday in Asia.
With some of the best powder in the world, say konnichiwa to skiing in Japan. Home to some of the best ski resorts in Asia, we’ll make Hakuba our base. Perfect for skiing veterans or total beginners, you can choose whether to take a couple of lessons or hit the slopes running. Keen to try something different? Give mountain gliding a go. After a long day out on the snow, enjoy Après-ski Japan-style. Warm up in one of the onsens before smashing some ramen or chicken curry katsu. Yum!
If sports aren’t your jam, don’t worry; winter in Japan isn’t all about skiing. Some of the country’s most famous cities are even more beautiful in the cooler months. Walk through the snow-covered grounds of Osaka Castle and marvel at the white-dusted alleys of Kyoto.
While you’re probably already familiar with the famous Japanese powder, don’t skip over skiing in China. See the terracotta soldiers one day and tear down the mountain the next; why not do both during winter in China? With some decent slopes and ski resorts, a winter trip to Beijing and Chengdu can be so much more than just a cultural holiday. Discover what life was like in the cooler months in the Forbidden City before warming up in one of the Teahouses of Chengdu.
With snow, skiing and more culture than you can handle, what are you waiting for? Join us on a Contiki Winter & Ski tour in Asia!
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