This is must read information if you want to go to Yabuli and Windmill Village in HeilongJiang, Harbin, China. We encountered so many people who were dealing with such ridiculous pricing and other situations that I feel it would be irresponsible to not help people with regards to this ski area.
First, if you are seriously into skiing and want the best hill, it would be better to fly somewhere else to ski for piece of mind. The second you arrive at this place you are going to feel like you are paying too much...and you will be and you will have nothing you can say about it because you are miles from anywhere and a captive of their economic system. If you MUST visit this ski resort, then you should email us at email@example.com and Jiao Jiao can help you get a reservation. Maybe you could give her a tip for her work. She will certainly save you money and trouble.
Don't believe me? We paid 300 rmb a night for a room that was filled with bugs, living bugs in the dead of winter, while a German man paid 900 a night for the same thing. They told him they had no room, so he needed to pay that much...he did not even get into the main lodge with that...he was in the Asian Games dorms for 900 a night. Another guy got his deposit kept due to simple bloody mindedness. So, once again, if you give Jiao Jiao 50 rmb for her booking, you are saving it in the end.
It was a warm winter and the snow was not plentiful. The best runs had grass growing up through them and the bottom of the hill was a massive slab of pure ice which forced a person to be very skilled with their edges. In America, 20 dollars would be sufficient for skiing here. This resort costs more than 400 rmb, not cheap. You will see the best skiers in China, all six or seven of them!
The best part of the trip was when we were able to use a sauna all to ourselves...that was fantastic...hehe
We did not really like this section of the trip, but it was my idea to see the best skiing China had to offer...my mistake! Here is our video log of the trip, enjoy the frustrations....