The National Stadium, nicknamed the Bird's Nest, is one of the most iconic legacies from China's first Olympic Games. In 2008, a spectacular opening ceremony wowed the world. In 2022, it will stage the Games' opening and closing ceremonies. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
There is less than a year to go before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The events of the Games will take place in 25 competition and non-competition venues, a combination of brand new structures and existing sites. They are located in Beijing's downtown, its suburban Yanqing district and co-host Zhangjiakou in Hebei province.
Here, we take a look at some of the venues, as well as the Olympic Villages that the athletes will call home during their stay in China.
The National Indoor Stadium, nicknamed "The Fan" due to its design resembling a traditional Chinese folding fan, was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It will host Men’s Ice Hockey competition. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The Wukesong Sports Center in downtown Beijing will be the competition venue for Women’s Ice Hockey. It will serve as the training base for ice hockey teams at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The Capital Indoor Stadium, the venue for gymnastics in 2008, covering a total area of 98,000 square meters, will host men's ice hockey and training sessions in 2022. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The National Aquatics Center, known as the "Water Cube," which hosted swimming competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics, has been transformed into an "ice cube" for curling in 2022. After the Games, the center will continue to switch between the swimming season and the ice season. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The National Speed Skating Hall for Beijing 2022, also known as the "Ice Ribbon", was completed last December. As the only newly-built competition venue for ice events in the Beijing Winter Olympics, it covers an area of about 80,000 square meters and can accommodate about 12,000 spectators. During the Winter Olympics, it will host the speed skating competitions. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
A bird’s-eye view of the Olympic Village in Beijing. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The National Sliding Center in Yanqing will host the bobsled, skeleton and luge competitions during 2022 Olympic Winter Games. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The Olympic Village in Yanqing will accommodate 1,430 athletes and team officials. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]
The National Alpine Ski Center in Yanqing. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]