Countdown to 2022 Winter Olympics: Country and Venue Profiles

Gregg Frantz | | OlympicsOlympics
The handout picture released on Feb. 4, 2021 shows the design of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Torch. (Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee/Handout via Xinhua)

The Winter Olympics are less than six months away when they kick off on February 4, 2022, in Beijing, China. There are so many exciting topics to discuss before the games officially begin but it is important that we start with the basics and take a quick look at the venues in which the Winter Olympic events will take place. There are actually three separate locations in China that will host events during the games: Beijing, the Yanqing District, and the Xinjiang Province.

Quick Facts and History:

China: 

  • Population: 1.4 Billion
  • Area: 3.7 Million Square Miles
  • Major Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Major Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism
  • Life Expectancy: 75 years (men), 78 years (women)
  • Currency: Renminbi, UN, World Bank
  • 772 Million Internet Users, the Largest in the World
  • Billionaire Capital of the World: 100 Billionaires live in Beijing
National Stadium: Beijing China

Beijing: National Capital of China

  • Population: 21 Million
  • Area: 1,763 Square Miles
  • Average Winter Temperatures: 42°F / 22°F
  • Olympic Events: Curling, Hockey,Speed Skating, Short Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing Big Air, Snowboard Big Air
The ecotourism belt will end in Zhangjiakou, which will host skiing and snowboarding events at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics ©Getty Images

Yanqing District: 

  • Population: Approximately 289,000
  • Area: 769 Square Miles
  • Highest Elevation: Haituo Mountain 7352 Feet Above Sea Level
  • Average Winter Temperatures: 30°F/12°F
  • Olympic Events: Alpine Skiing, Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Events
Aerial photo taken on Dec. 19, 2020 shows the National Ski Jumping Center in Chongli District of Zhangjiakou City, north China’s Hebei Province. (Photo/Xinhua)

Xinjiang Province: 

  • Population: 25 Million
  • Area: 620 Square Miles
  • Highest Elevation: K2 Mountain 28,251 Feet Above Sea Level
  • Average Winter Temperatures: 28°F/-4°F
  • Olympic Events: Freestyle, Cross Country, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined and the Biathlon

Look for our next article in this series when we focus on first-time events the Winter Olympics will be introducing!


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