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Alit­tle-known city in China has be­come well known, or is at least be­ing men­tioned glob­ally, since its suc­cess­ful joint bid for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics.

Zhangji­akou, 180 kilo­me­ters north­west of Bei­jing, will host the Games to­gether with the cap­i­tal.

Most of the snow events will be held in the city’s Chongli district, which boasts sev­eral ski re­sorts that meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Be­fore Zhangji­akou be­came an Olympic host, it was an old industrial base.

With a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of 4.68 mil­lion, Zhangji­akou still has 450,000 peo­ple liv­ing in poverty, mak­ing it one of the poor­est cities in­He­bei prov­ince.

“But Zhangji­akou is trans­form­ing it­self from a back­ward city into a mod­ern one, which is

Hou Liang, the Party chief of Zhangji­akou, says.

which means “glob­ally trendy”, is the buzz­word for the city’s govern­ment of­fi­cials and lo­cal res­i­dents.

They aim to re­vive the city with ad­vanced in­dus­tries and fash­ion­able re­sorts.

So, in­stead of fo­cus­ing on old stal­warts like pa­per­mak­ing, ce­ment pro­duc­tion, met­al­lurgy and min­ing, Zhangji­akou is now eye­ing newen­ergy and tourism.

In 2015, Zhangji­akou was ap­proved by the State Coun­cil as China’s first na­tional-level re­new­able-en­ergy demon­stra­tion area.

The Na­tional Wind and So­lar En­ergy Stor­age Trans­mis­sion Demon­stra­tion Project is a ma­jor new-en­ergy project in the city.

Based on the rich wind re­sources and plenty of sun­light in Zhang­bei and Shangyi coun­ties, the project is ex­pected to be the world’s largest clean-en­ergy fa­cil­ity.

With an in­vest­ment of 10 bil­lion yuan ($1.5 bil­lion), the project has in­stalled wind-power ca­pac­ity of 450 megawatts and pho­to­voltaic power of 100 megawatts.

It can store 20 megawatts of en­ergy and also has the abil­ity to trans­mit elec­tric power.

In the next five years, its par­ent com­pany — the State Grid Jibei Elec­tric Power Co — will in­vest an­other 23 bil­lion yuan ($3.5 bil­lion) to de­velop 10 clean-en­ergy projects for the 2022 Win­ter Olympic Games, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany white pa­per.

By 2020, 55 per­cent of the city’s to­tal power con­sump­tion will be cov­ered by clean en­ergy.

Tourism is an­other fo­cus for Zhangji­akou, ac­cord­ing to the Party chief, who says: “In Zhangji­akou, you can en­joy the grass­lands and cool weather in summer, and ski­ing in win­ter.”

In 2015, the num­ber of tourists who vis­ited Zhangji­akou was 38.5 mil­lion, up 16 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

In win­ter, peo­ple throng to the ski re­sorts in the Chongli district, while a small num­ber visit other

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PHO­TOS BY YUAN YUQIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

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