Build­ing Ice Rinks

China Newsweek Septem­ber 17

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK PEOPLE & POINTS -

China only had 21 in­door ice rinks in 2003, but the num­ber in­creased to 59 by 2011 and soared to 188 at the end of 2016.

The in­crease was in part due to the coun­try’s re­cent rapid eco­nomic growth. In ad­di­tion, the sec­tor also got a boost from govern­ment ef­forts to pro­mote win­ter sports af­ter Bei­jing won the bid to host the 2022 Win­ter Olympics in 2015. Ac­cord­ing to a plan for 2016 to 2020, China should have no less than 650 in­door ice rinks by 2022, of which at least 500 will be newly built.

The Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment pub­lished a guide­line on ac­cel­er­at­ing the de­vel­op­ment of win­ter sports in March 2016, which stated that ev­ery district in the city should have a newly built in­door ice rink no less than 1,800 square me­ters by 2022.

In China, ice rinks are ei­ther run by pri­vate en­ti­ties or the govern­ment. How­ever, they both strug­gle to turn a profit as a re­sult of huge power bills and low lev­els of com­mer­cial­iza­tion. Cur­rently, their in­come comes mainly from paid use by pro­fes­sional skaters for train­ing and open­ing to the pub­lic.

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