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Beijing gets raring to go for Winter Olympics

Updated: 2022-01-12

After years of careful preparation, Beijing is ready for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Venues are the basic conditions for hosting the Olympic Games. A total of 39 venues will be used for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics.

In February 2022, as an iconic venue in the Beijing competition area and the only new ice competition venue, the National Speed Skating Stadium "Ice Ribbon" will debut in China. 

The "Ice Ribbon" uses carbon dioxide transcritical direct cooling ice-making technology for the first time. Its track has been referred to by athletes as the fastest ice surface they've experienced. 

The temperature difference between the ice surface in the Wukesong Sports Center and other venues can be controlled within 0.5 degrees Celsius. Carbon emissions of these venues are near zero.

The offices of the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, four ice training venues for short track speed skating, figure skating, curling and ice hockey, as well as the Winter Olympics venues for ski jumping and other projects, have successively settled in Shougang Park.

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Athletes test the ice at the Wukesong Sports Center on April 4, 2021. [Photo/kfqgw.beijing.gov.cn]

In the context of epidemic prevention and control, the Capital International Airport will set up special entry and exit channels and a special area for the Winter Olympics.

In the Beijing and Yanqing competition areas, there are 88 medical stations and 18 designated hospitals responsible for on-site medical treatment and the implementation of precise classification and treatment.


Accessibility experts inspect the construction of barrier-free facilities with the construction party at the Winter Olympic Village in Yanqing district, Beijing on July 15, 2021. [Photo/kfqgw.beijing.gov.cn]

The two Olympics are equally exciting. 

As early as the 100-day countdown to the opening of the Winter Paralympics, the construction of barrier-free facilities in each venue has been completed, involving roads, parking spaces, entrances and exits, elevators, ramps, toilets, changing rooms, low-level service desks, voice prompt systems, and barrier-free identification systems.

As the Winter Olympics coincides with the Spring Festival holiday, friends from all over the world will have the opportunity to taste special delicacies such as roast duck, spring rolls, and sweet sticky rice dumplings. 

During the Winter Olympic Games, the reception hotel will set up screens in public areas such as its lobby and restaurant, providing live broadcast services of the games, and add exhibition and sales services such as Winter Olympics licensed commodities. 

The Yanqing Winter Olympic Village has also set up a movable modular wall in the badge exchange area, allowing athletes to experience the ancient civilization of the Chinese nation.