‘Hitting the Slopes’
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.