According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), more than 500 million Chinese viewers watched the Beijing Winter Olympics through the China Media Group before February 10. Eight out of 10 People in Japan watched the Beijing Winter Olympics, with a total audience of more than 140 million. More than 10 million Australians, or more than 40 percent of the population, watched the Beijing Winter Olympics. More than 2 billion minutes have been watched on Peacock, NBC's streaming platform, as of February 11, making it the longest winter Olympics ever watched on a US digital platform. More than half of Canada's population also watched the Beijing Olympics on CBC. More than 100 million U.S. viewers watched the Games on NBC's global network. This shows that the attention of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is very high.

What are the reasons for this? What are the highlights? Let’s continue to read.

The Glorious Opening Ceremony


The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games was so romantic that it represented the traditional culture of the 24 solar term countdown. February 4, 24 solar terms, the 24th Winter Olympic Games, the ceremony began 20:04, The Chinese team 24 points appeared, every detail has done the ultimate romance. The opening ceremony, which began with the solar term "Start of Spring" and continued with "a snowflake", show the world a value of Chinese life. Every frame is full of Chinese culture, and every design shows cultural confidence.

During the opening ceremony, athletes from various countries walked past the "China Door" and "China Window" carved from ice and snow. "Chinese door" and "Chinese window" are all based on classic traditional door and window patterns from all over China. "China Gate" means that The Chinese people open their doors and welcome friends from all over the world to gather together in the Winter Olympics. The "China window" at the feet of athletes expresses the meaning of "open the window to see China".

Besides, the main torch is a snowflake containing the Olympic flame, which is composed of snowflake and hand-held torch. The snowflake echoes the snow and ice sports and the Olympic spirit. The display screen is installed on the snowflake to cooperate with the on-site sound and light performance.

The Order of Admission for The Opening Ceremony

Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Movement, entered the stadium first. Italy, the next host country of the Winter Olympics, entered the stadium last. China, the current host country, entered the stadium last. The Olympic Admission order used to be alphabetical in French or English, but more recently it has evolved to follow certain rules in the language of the host country, such as Greek alphabet, Japanese alphabet, Korean pronunciation, Chinese strokes, etc. The IOC has only one basic requirement at this stage: the Greek team always enters first, to show respect for the birthplace of the Olympics. And, according to tradition, the host country is usually the last to enter.

The Delicious Chinese Food


There are 678 dishes on the Olympic athletes menu. The figures are counted according to the international Olympic Committee standard, which is different from the usual understanding of how many dishes. According to the International Olympic Committee, as long as it is presented separately, it counts as a meal. Different spices, fruits, nuts and drinks are counted as a separate meal.

The daily dishes provided by the Athletes Restaurant are green, healthy, balanced and diversified in strict accordance with the international Olympic Committee's catering guidelines and requirements. The restaurant has 12 types of dining tables, including world, Asian, Chinese, halal, pizza and pasta, salad and seasoning, fruit, and bread and dessert, to cater to different countries and regions, ethnic groups, religions, and preferences.

In fact, there are many Chinese foods that are loved by foreign athletes. Such as Red Bean Bun, Kung Pao Chicken, Sweet and Sour Fillet of Pork and so on. According to the news, more than 80 roast ducks and more than 100 kilograms of dumplings can be consumed in the Olympic Village in a single day!

The Special Chinese Elements

The Great Wall Design


A video of a winter Olympics slopestyle course has gone viral online, showing the "Great Wall of Snow" at The Zhangjiakou Competition area's Genting Ski Park, dotted with ancient buildings for athletes to climb the wall. The Chinese style of the venue also made many netizens praise, "so amazing!"

Beijing Winter Olympics Village

The design concept of the apartment building in Beijing Winter Olympics Village comes from the courtyard form of Beijing quadrangle courtyard. The design of the two large courtyards in the east and west area is inspired by the traditional Chinese ice sports activity scroll “Bing Xitu", which creates the artistic conception of classical Chinese garden.

Winter Olympics Mascot - Bing Dwen Dwen

The "Bing" in the name symbolizes purity and firmness, which is a characteristic of the Winter Olympics. "Dwen Dwen", which means honest, healthy, lively and lovely, fits the overall image of panda and symbolizes the strong body, tough will and inspiring Olympic spirit of the Winter Olympic athletes.

The design of Shougang Ski Big Air is based on the image of "Flying apsaras" in Dunhuang fresco. The flying apsaras curve corresponds to the curve of the Big Air platform itself. The meaning of the Chinese characters of flying apsaras and the English word "Big Air" have the intention of jumping and flying into the Air. The total length of the platform structure is about 164 meters, the widest is about 34 meters, and the highest point is 60 meters.

Epidemic Prevention and Control


In terms of supporting epidemic prevention and control through science and technology, the Beijing Winter Olympics will be fully supported by science and technology, and a number of technological achievements will be promoted in temperature monitoring, environmental disinfection and pathogen detection to ensure the safety of the games. The aerosol Novel Coronavirus detection system in public space can realize early warning and rapid detection of viruses in the air of stadiums, with detection sensitivity three times higher than traditional detection methods.

Low-Carbon Venues

The Winter Olympics are divided into ice events and snow events, the ice events are all in Beijing, snow events are mainly in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou area. All the new venues have reached the three-star green building standard, and the renovation of the existing venues has also reached the two-star green building standard. Taking the "Ice Ribbon" of the National Speed Skating Stadium as an example, the design of the cable mesh roof uses only 1/4 of the steel of the traditional roof, reduces the glass curtain wall area by 4,800 square meters, and reduces the interior space and energy consumption by 5%.

The Wukesong Ice Sports Center maintains a comfortable indoor temperature without air conditioning or heating through external insulation, rational layout of doors and Windows, efficient use of solar energy. Four ice venues used carbon dioxide transcritical direct cooling system, which is more than 30% energy saving than traditional refrigeration method, global warming potential (GWP) of 1, ozone layer destruction potential (ODP) of 0, this is the first large-scale application of this technology in the history of the Winter Olympics.

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