‘Hit­ting the Slopes’

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Xiao­hua Edited by Justin Davis Pho­tos by Bu Xiang­dong, Hu Ke, Wang Xibao, Zeng Guo­quan

Bei­jingers’ en­thu­si­asm for snow and ice sports can be seen all around the city.

Bei­jingers have a pas­sion for snow and ice sports and are ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing the 2022 Bei­jing Win­ter Olympic Games. Even the se­vere cold doesn’t un­der­mine their en­thu­si­asm.

On Jan­uary 21, known as World Snow Day and Day of the In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Ski­ing Fes­ti­val, Eli Bouchard, a 9-year- old snow­boarder from Canada, went to the “Bird’s Nest” (Na­tional Sta­dium) and gave a great demon­stra­tion. He per­formed dou­ble back­flips and au­di­ences ap­plauded his skill. The Sec­ond Bei­jing Pri­mary and Mid­dle School Win­ter Games week-long event also be­gan on that day at the Cap­i­tal Indoor Sta­dium, at­tract­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bei­jing’s 16 dis­tricts and 52 win­ter­sport ori­ented schools. Dur­ing the week, about 800 pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in 13 com­pe­ti­tions. About 200 stu­dents from 26 schools, in­clud­ing Qian­men Pri­mary School, com­bined ice sports such as ice hockey, solo skat­ing, pair skat­ing, syn­chro­nised skat­ing and speed skat­ing with art forms like vi­o­lin play­ing, po­etry read­ing and stage per­for­mance, pre­sent­ing a vis­ual feast of var­i­ous win­ter sports. This event demon­strated some of the city’s achieve­ments in pro­mot­ing win­ter sports.

Bei­jing, a city fa­mous for snow and ice sports, is full of vigour and vi­tal­ity this win­ter. At the Longxi Ski Re­sort in Dax­ing District, nearly 1,000 res­i­dents at­tended the launch­ing cer­e­mony of the Third Dax­ing District Win­ter Sports Fes­ti­val. It in­cluded snow bowl­ing, snow­ball fights and a snow-play­ing area for fam­i­lies.

At the North Hot Spring Ice and Snow Won­der­land in Fang­shan District, the “Bring­ing Snow and Ice Sports into the Com­mu­nity” event of­fers train­ing for the district’s 10,000 pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents, as well as other in­ter­ested res­i­dents. In Haid­ian’s Qin­g­longqiao area, a month-long snow and ice sports fair is in full swing. Au­di­ences have en­joyed events like the dragon dance on ice, solo skat­ing, pair skat­ing and speed skat­ing. At the Sum­mer Palace, the Third Bei­jing Pub­lic Win­ter Sports Open Tour­na­ment will last two months. Per­form­ers dressed as soldiers of the Eight Ban­ners of the Qing Dy­nasty (1644–1911) will demon­strate Qing-style ice games.

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