Zhangjiakou in snow

Zhangjiakou, as a co-host city with Beijing of 2022 Winter Olympic Games, is getting more and more attention internationally. With more than 400 years of history and the best climate conditions of winter, Zhangjiakou will be a next popular travel city of China soon after the Winter Olympic Games 2022.

Why it is Zhangjiakou to co-host 2022 Winter Olympic Games with Beijing?

Not like Beijing, the capital of China, Zhangjiakou is only a three-tier city that locates in Hebei province. It is little known by most of Chinese before bidding for Olympics. Some people may ask why Harbin, a more famous wintry city, has lost the chance.

Though Zhangjiakou has lower popularity in domestic and abroad than Harbin, it is still the best area to co-host 2022 Winter Olympic Games for three reasons.

Zhangjiakou is very close to Beijing

Zhangjiakou is only 125 miles away from Beijing. It is more convenient for athlets to transfer through expressway or railway during the Olympics. So firstly, the short distance between Beijing and Zhangjiakou helps Zhangjiakou to stand out.

Beijing - Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway

Jing-Zhang High Speed Railway

Beijing-Zhangjiakou High-speed Railway started to build in 2016 and brought to service since 2019. As the most important public transportation that connects Beijing and Zhangjiakou, it shortened the travel time from 3 hours to 56 minutes.

There are more than 50 high speed trains running between Beijing and Zhangjiakou daily. There is a train available every 10 to 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. It helps athlets and audiences of 2022 Winter Olympic Games saving a lot of time on transferring.

To book a high speed train ticket, download China Train Booking app to secure your seat.

Yanqing - Chongli Expressway

Yanqing - Chongli Expressway is short for Yan-Chong Expressway. It connects with Yanqing, a district of Beijing that next to Hebei province, and Chongli, a skiing field of 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The Yan-Chong Expressway is the main road to go to Chongli skiing field. It was opened to traffic since August 31st, 2021, which is four-month earlier than planned. This expressway connects Beijing and arenas in Zhangjiakou within 2 hours.

Chongli skiing field is a training field for domestic and international ski athlets for years. It has rich experiences of holding international competitions before. The new stadium named "Xue Ru Yi" will be the main field for freestyle skiing race and snowboarding race. Over 20 gold medals winners will be generated here.

Skiing event

Zhangjiakou has longer snow fall period

To hold the Winter Olympic Games, longer snow fall period is the most important condition. Zhangjiakou has a very long period of snowy that lasts for over 120 days. With low temperature but good weather, snow in Zhangjiakou is not easy to melt.

In addition, the Chongli skiing field in Zhangjiakou has been in operation for years. It has the most complete variety of winter sports. Not only for Olympics, the stadiums will be opened to public as a ski resort in the future.

Zhangjiakou is a city steeped in history

Zhangjiakou is called as the Museum of the Great Wall, because it is a starting point of the Great Wall and has the most unique and diverse architectural forms with long history.

Zhangjiakou Great Wall

According to Zhangjiakou Institute of Antiquities and Archaeology, about 1120 miles of Great Wall had been built in Zhangjiakou in history. And now about 800 miles of walls are existed.

Zhangjiakou is ringed on three sides by mountains and adjacent to the Great Wall, so it is a hotly contested spot for different armies in China's history.

In Ming dynasty (over 400 years before present), Zhangjiakou was an important trade market. Products from Mongolia and Europe had been traded here.

Heritage buildings can be found in the city, such as Shuimu Palace, Yunquan Temple, Han Dynasty Tomb Complex. Zhangjiakou is a city that integrates historical sites and modern architectures, just like Beijing.

As a visiting card of China to co-host 2022 Winter Olympics Games with Beijing, Zhangjiakou will amaze the world and become a next popular tourist wintry resort.

Ski jumping

What events are going to be held in Zhangjiakou?

All the skiing events will be held in Zhangjiakou, while the other ice sports events are going to happen in Beijing.

The skiing events include biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, nordic Skiing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding.

There are 8 venues in Zhangjiakou to hold 51 competitions during the Olympics. It will generate 51 gold medals in 15 days.

How to get to Zhangjiakou from Beijing by rail?

About 50 high speed trains are on service between Beijing and Zhangjiakou currently. There will be more trains available during the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Each train has only 10-20 minutes at intervals.

Zhangjiakou railway station

There are 5 railway stations in Beijing. But only two of them are the departure stations to Zhangjiakou: Beijing Bei (North) Railway Station and Qinghe Railway Station.

Beijing Bei (North) Railway Station locates in the second ring of Beijing, which is closer to the central areas. If you are staying in Beijing downtown, it's better to choose here to depart. However, less trains can be selected.

More high speed trains depart from Qinghe Railway Station, which is a new and small station opened in 2019 in Beijing. This station maily serves those high speed trains operating on Jingzhang Intercity Railway. And it located in the fifth ring of Beijing, a little bit far from city center.

A train ticket from the same railway station costs a little differently, because the trains may operate on different rail and pass by different stops. Search the train timetable via China Train Booking app.

Departure Business Class Seat 1st Class Seat 2nd Class Seat
Beijing Bei CNY 254 / 275 / 289 CNY 136 / 146 / 154 CNY 84 / 91 / 96
Qinghe CNY 238 / 248 / 257 CNY 127 / 132 / 137 CNY 79 / 83 / 86

Further reading:
Bullet Train from Beijing to Shanghai: Timetable, Tickets, Prices
China Entry and Travel Restrictions in 2021
Baggage Rules of China Rail