With a wide range of winter tourism industry exhibits and exciting travel packages with unique nomadic features, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region vows to become another tourist destination after Haerbin of Northeast China for ice and snow tourism, according to a local tourism official. "Xinjiang, which has a high quality of snow and a long snowy period, has rich resources for developing winter tourism. Through more than 10 years of effort, Xinjiang's ice and snow tourism has entered a boom season," said Chi Chongqing, party chief of Xinjiang tourism bureau on Wednesday in Altay where a regional ice and snow tourism festival kicked off. The rugged remote city of the northern part of Xinjiang is honored as "the cradle of traditional Chinese skiing". In 2006, archaeologists proved Altay to be a place of skiing some 100 to 200 centuries ago, after discovering some cliff paintings of hunters on a long rectangular board with poles in their hands.