Living in... Shanghai, Uncategorized SKIING IN SHANGHAI 16 October 2009

WE WENT SKIING!!!

Yep, YinQiXing Indoor Skiing Centre is China’s first indoor ski centre and first in scale in the world. Coolness. It’s about half an hour by taxi from the city, which is not bad at all. Chris has been gagging to go there because he’s a big ski buff; I was less eager. I’d never been skiing before, except for when I was 11 or 12, where I think I went on a school excursion in the snow, but can’t really remember..!

The centre provides everything you need – ski jacket, pants, skiis, and even gloves. Unfortunately for some completely absurd reason, the smallest Adult Womens ski suit was WAAAAY TOO BIG on me. Absurd, because we’re in China where girls are stick thin, yet their suits were catered for much larger women! Gah. So either I had to wear a Children’s suit (noooo way am I suffering that embarassment) or look like a sad hobo shuffling around in my oversized suit. On the plus side, Chris looked very delectable indeed in his ski suit and on his skis 🙂

It was loads of fun! My very first time down the Beginners slope was terrifying though, because 1) I’d never done it before, and 2) I hadn’t learned how to slow down or stop. Eeeeekkk!! So I went faster and faster until I got down to the bottom when I finally stopped. Man. So after that, Chris showed me how to ‘snowplow’ which slows you down, and then afterwards I was a total ace on the Beginners slope, if I do say so myself 😉 Super loved it and it was fun zooming around.

Then Chris was up on the Intermediate slope, and me being competitive and always wanting to be #1, promptly decided that… hey, *I* was Intermediate level too!

Ummmm… NOT QUITE.

Let’s just say I fell flat on my ass TWO TIMES going down the first time. Hard. And each time, I couldn’t get up by myself, because my arm/leg muscles are too weak to actually get myself off the ground *SHAME*. So I floundered around angrily in the snow, yelping away pathetically until Chris came by to pick me up.

Most people would’ve given up by then, with a sore butt, sore arms, sore everything else. But nooooooooooooooo. I promptly went back up and did the Intermediate slope again. This time, I fell THREE times! And couldn’t get up by myself each and every time!! By this time, was royaly pissed off and ready to kill someone.. which of course made it worse which was why I kept falling down again. As Chris said, he saw me going for about 1 sec, then my body looked like it was saying “Nah. Can’t be bothered” and my bottom would try to plonk into the snow, so of course I’d tumble down ungracefully. Grrrr!

So after all that, I was too sore and bruised to continue, so ended up back on the Beginners slope where I did just fine, haha. So lesson learnt – when you’re a newbie and only been skiing for < 1 hr, STICK to the baby slopes!!


YinQiDing Indoor Skiing Centre

Behold the hobo!

All ready to go

The flat area for praticising, for beginners like me, haha

And… we’re off!

Video of me “zooming” down the slope

Video of Chris being a skiing pro, with me and my dorky commentary

Man I look REALLY uncoordinated *rofl*!!!

Video of me skiing, taken whilst Chris was skiing behind me

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51 Comments

  • silentphrases posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

    oooh I went there in January!!! It was pretty fun! Kinda nice to go skiing without having to travel so far hey? I remember when I went there were HEAPS of people. From the pics it doesn’t look that way. Anyway I remember when I finally had the guts to go to the intermediate level I lost one of my skis! It was awful because we were standing around looking for the ski for over half an hour while those pesty patrol guys kept coming over telling us to move! 😛

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    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      yeah i love how convenient it is! doesn’t beat the awesome great outdoors though 😛

      it was empty when we were there.. fortunately. quite funny about you looking for your skis but i guess at that time it wasn’t 😛

      Reply
  • lovelizz posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

    aww i miss this place!!i used to go there to snowboard every wednesday since it’s sports afternoon/extracurricular activities day.and i have to agree that it sure looks empty.lucky you!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      Wowwww you can snowboard? so impressive!!

      Reply
      • lovelizz posted on October 17, 2009 at 10:13 am

        it’s really fun! do give it a try next time you go back there. they’ve got all the snowboarding equipment. my bum was really sore the first few times as well 😛

        Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    so cute!!

    china really has got everything eh?!?!?!?! *amazed*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:34 am

      Heh yeah so true, they do.. and at a cheap price!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm

        yessss, and you can save quite a bit of moolah!

        Reply
  • silentphrases posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

    oooh I went there in January!!! It was pretty fun! Kinda nice to go skiing without having to travel so far hey? I remember when I went there were HEAPS of people. From the pics it doesn’t look that way. Anyway I remember when I finally had the guts to go to the intermediate level I lost one of my skis! It was awful because we were standing around looking for the ski for over half an hour while those pesty patrol guys kept coming over telling us to move! 😛

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      yeah i love how convenient it is! doesn’t beat the awesome great outdoors though 😛

      it was empty when we were there.. fortunately. quite funny about you looking for your skis but i guess at that time it wasn’t 😛

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      yeah i love how convenient it is! doesn’t beat the awesome great outdoors though 😛

      it was empty when we were there.. fortunately. quite funny about you looking for your skis but i guess at that time it wasn’t 😛

      Reply
  • silentphrases posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

    oooh I went there in January!!! It was pretty fun! Kinda nice to go skiing without having to travel so far hey? I remember when I went there were HEAPS of people. From the pics it doesn’t look that way. Anyway I remember when I finally had the guts to go to the intermediate level I lost one of my skis! It was awful because we were standing around looking for the ski for over half an hour while those pesty patrol guys kept coming over telling us to move! 😛

    Reply
  • lovelizz posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

    aww i miss this place!!i used to go there to snowboard every wednesday since it’s sports afternoon/extracurricular activities day.and i have to agree that it sure looks empty.lucky you!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      Wowwww you can snowboard? so impressive!!

      Reply
      • lovelizz posted on October 17, 2009 at 10:13 am

        it’s really fun! do give it a try next time you go back there. they’ve got all the snowboarding equipment. my bum was really sore the first few times as well 😛

        Reply
      • lovelizz posted on October 17, 2009 at 10:13 am

        it’s really fun! do give it a try next time you go back there. they’ve got all the snowboarding equipment. my bum was really sore the first few times as well 😛

        Reply
    • beverly posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      Wowwww you can snowboard? so impressive!!

      Reply
  • lovelizz posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

    aww i miss this place!!i used to go there to snowboard every wednesday since it’s sports afternoon/extracurricular activities day.and i have to agree that it sure looks empty.lucky you!!

    Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    so cute!!

    china really has got everything eh?!?!?!?! *amazed*

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:34 am

      Heh yeah so true, they do.. and at a cheap price!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm

        yessss, and you can save quite a bit of moolah!

        Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:07 pm

        yessss, and you can save quite a bit of moolah!

        Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:34 am

      Heh yeah so true, they do.. and at a cheap price!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    so cute!!

    china really has got everything eh?!?!?!?! *amazed*

    Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on October 17, 2009 at 12:16 am

    That’s awesome you at least gave the intermediate a go!!!! And lol Chris with your cute bag 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:47 am

      Hahaha yeah, poor guy had to carry my rainbow unicorn bag 😛

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on October 17, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Love hearing you and Chris’ voice.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:48 am

      Heh it makes me cringe, always so embarassing listening to your voice!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on October 17, 2009 at 12:16 am

    That’s awesome you at least gave the intermediate a go!!!! And lol Chris with your cute bag 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:47 am

      Hahaha yeah, poor guy had to carry my rainbow unicorn bag 😛

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:47 am

      Hahaha yeah, poor guy had to carry my rainbow unicorn bag 😛

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on October 17, 2009 at 12:16 am

    That’s awesome you at least gave the intermediate a go!!!! And lol Chris with your cute bag 😀

    Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on October 17, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Love hearing you and Chris’ voice.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:48 am

      Heh it makes me cringe, always so embarassing listening to your voice!

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 17, 2009 at 3:48 am

      Heh it makes me cringe, always so embarassing listening to your voice!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on October 17, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Love hearing you and Chris’ voice.

    Reply
  • princesszhing posted on October 18, 2009 at 12:56 am

    i love your fuzzy pink hat!! 🙂 with the diamond embellishment! cute!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Hehe it’s Alannah HilL!

      Reply
      • princesszhing posted on October 18, 2009 at 2:19 pm

        ooo pretty! they have super girly and sweet stuff!! even their store is so pretty!!!

        Reply
  • princesszhing posted on October 18, 2009 at 12:56 am

    i love your fuzzy pink hat!! 🙂 with the diamond embellishment! cute!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Hehe it’s Alannah HilL!

      Reply
      • princesszhing posted on October 18, 2009 at 2:19 pm

        ooo pretty! they have super girly and sweet stuff!! even their store is so pretty!!!

        Reply
      • princesszhing posted on October 18, 2009 at 2:19 pm

        ooo pretty! they have super girly and sweet stuff!! even their store is so pretty!!!

        Reply
    • beverly posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm

      Hehe it’s Alannah HilL!

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on October 18, 2009 at 12:56 am

    i love your fuzzy pink hat!! 🙂 with the diamond embellishment! cute!

    Reply
  • protozone posted on October 22, 2009 at 2:54 am

    That’s so awesome. I feel like visiting China just for this!

    I’m assuming it’s steeper than it looks in the video, right?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 22, 2009 at 6:24 am

      You should visit Shanghai, ’tis fun!
      The hill is steep/not steep depending on how good you are 😉 To me it was and I whizzed away thinking it was bloody fast, but Chris said it was not that steep cos he’s a pro, haha

      Reply
  • protozone posted on October 22, 2009 at 2:54 am

    That’s so awesome. I feel like visiting China just for this!

    I’m assuming it’s steeper than it looks in the video, right?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on October 22, 2009 at 6:24 am

      You should visit Shanghai, ’tis fun!
      The hill is steep/not steep depending on how good you are 😉 To me it was and I whizzed away thinking it was bloody fast, but Chris said it was not that steep cos he’s a pro, haha

      Reply
    • beverly posted on October 22, 2009 at 6:24 am

      You should visit Shanghai, ’tis fun!
      The hill is steep/not steep depending on how good you are 😉 To me it was and I whizzed away thinking it was bloody fast, but Chris said it was not that steep cos he’s a pro, haha

      Reply
  • protozone posted on October 22, 2009 at 2:54 am

    That’s so awesome. I feel like visiting China just for this!

    I’m assuming it’s steeper than it looks in the video, right?

    Reply
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