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2022 Winter Olympics Beijing: latest news and the most interesting details about the event

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The 24th Winter Olympic Games will take place in Beijing very soon. When will the opening of the 2022 Olympics take place and how many days will the competition continue?

On February 4, 2022, the opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing will take place. In total, the 2022 Olympics will last a little more than 2 weeks: from February 4 to February 20.

Beijing is the first city in the history of the Olympic Games to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics. The opening ceremony of the 2022 Olympics will be held at the Beijing National Stadium "Bird's Nest". This is a multifunctional sports complex, which was created for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In December 2017, the official logo of the 2022 Olympics was presented, which was called the "winter dream". The main part of the logo is a twisting ribbon. It symbolizes the mountain ranges of China, as well as sports facilities: mountain slopes, skating rinks.

In Beijing, athletes will compete for medals in the following sports:

  • biathlon;
  • bobsled;
  • skiing;
  • skating;
  • ski biathlon;
  • ski race;
  • ski jumping;
  • luge;
  • snowboard;
  • figure skating;
  • hockey;
  • short track.

What is unique about the 2022 Olympics

The 2022 Olympics in Beijing has its own characteristics. Firstly, it will be held just six months after the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The fact is that they were postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and in fact they took place in the summer of 2021. Therefore, instead of the usual break of a year and a half between the winter and summer Olympics, there are only six months.

Secondly, a number of countries around the world have announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. The official reason for the boycott is the violation of human rights in Xinjiang province. As of the end of December 2021, 10 countries around the world have announced a boycott of the Olympic Games in China, including the traditional leaders of the competitions Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. Ukraine has not yet joined the boycott, so Ukrainian athletes will take part in the competition. As for the participation in the 2022 Olympics of athletes from countries that have announced a boycott, there is no clarity on this issue yet. The National Olympic Committee of Ukraine noted that all athletes are preparing to participate in the competition, and the announced boycott is diplomatic. That is, official representatives of countries that have declared a boycott of China will not go to Beijing 2022, while there is no ban for athletes to participate in the Olympic Games.

So, from February 4 to 20, the main winter sports event, the 2022 Olympic Games, will last in Beijing. Let's cheer for our athletes!

Omega releases watches for the Winter Olympics in Beijing

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are just around the corner: their start is scheduled for February 4th. This is the thirtieth game in which the Swiss watch brand Omega acts as the official timekeeper. To celebrate this anniversary, Omega has released a steel model on a steel bracelet, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Beijing 2022.

Its distinctive feature is the theme of winter, embodied in the white color of the ceramic dial with a frost pattern. This ice pattern is a tribute to winter sports: alpine skiing, bobsleigh, ice skating, hockey.

The blued indexes and hands are coated with white Super-LumiNova. "Seamaster" lettering and four quarter numerals in red paint. Embossed with the emblem of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, the caseback features the signature Aqua Terra wavy edge.

The Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900 meets the watch industry's highest standards of precision and magnetic resistance. The new Seamaster comes in a branded gift box and comes with a full 5 year warranty.

China refused to sell tickets for the 2022 Winter Olympics

The Organizing Committee of the Beijing Winter Olympics has decided not to distribute tickets to spectators on open sale.

The organizers said that such a decision was made in connection with the difficult epidemic situation in the country and the world. There will be no passes for competitions in the open sale, but tickets will be distributed directly to certain groups of spectators.

Only those who will strictly observe anti-epidemic security measures will be able to get seats in the stands. It is among them that the quota of tickets will be distributed, follows from the statement of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games.

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that foreign spectators would not be allowed to attend the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Estonian Post issued a stamp in honor of the Winter Olympic Games - 2022

In honor of the XXIV Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in February, Eesti Post is issuing a postage stamp "Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022".

The postage stamp was designed by the artist Jaan Saar. The circulation of the postage stamp is 20,000 copies, the nominal value is 1.90 euros.

Along with the postage stamp, there will also traditionally be a First Day Cover (FDC) and an info card. The first day stamp is used at the Toompea Post Office on the day the postage stamp is issued, i.e. January 6th.

The tradition of issuing stamps dedicated to the Olympic Games began after the restoration of Estonian independence. Together with the stamp issued in honor of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Eesti Post has issued 21 Olympic stamps. In addition, eight stamps were issued in honor of the victories of the Olympic champions. The latest is a postage stamp issued last week in honor of the Estonian fencing team that won gold at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

In honor of the Winter Olympic Games, the Bank of Estonia issued a silver souvenir coin.

Winter Olympic Games in Beijing will be completely "Green"

The head of the planning department of the organizing committee of the Games, Li Sen, said that during the competition, all sports fields will use 100% "green" electricity.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be completely carbon neutral. This was announced on Thursday at a press conference by the head of the planning department of the organizing committee of the Games, Li Sen.

“[For the Games] we have built low-carbon facilities, all competition venues comply with green building standards,” he said.

According to him, a new type of refrigerant will be used at four ice arenas, low-carbon energy sources will be used during the games, and during the competitions, all sports fields will use 100% green electricity. In addition, as Li Sen pointed out, a low-carbon transportation system was created for the Games: the share of hybrid cars and vehicles powered by environmentally friendly energy sources used during the competition will exceed 80%.

The representative of the organizing committee also noted that the Chinese companies PetroChina, the State Grid Corporation of the People's Republic of China and the China Three Gorges Corporation were sponsors of carbon-neutral products for the Olympics.

“Through these measures, the Beijing Winter Olympics will be completely carbon neutral,” concluded Li Sen.

Beijing 2022: for the Olympics - with three doses of vaccine

The organizers of the Beijing Winter Olympics "strongly recommend" that competitors receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before arriving in China.

To protect against the virus, foreign fans will also not be allowed into the Olympic Games, and a final decision on the admission of local spectators to the stadiums has not yet been made.

“We are in constant communication with the International Olympic Committee, and we have reached a mutual understanding: due to the instability of the situation with COVID-19 and the spread of the new strain of Omicron around the world, we strongly recommend that all athletes and other participants in the Games get a booster vaccination before coming to China. Many countries reacted positively to the proposal and vaccinated their athletes," said Huang Chun, deputy head of the office of the epidemiological control of the organizing committee of the Games.

The National Hockey League said this week that its clubs' players would not travel to China due to the pandemic. The organizers of the Olympics expressed their regret.

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Imagine a huge city whose population exceeds that of many small countries. Skyscrapers in the center, anthill houses in the suburbs, and sparkling futuristic skyscrapers are harmoniously combined with street kitchens, crowds of pedestrians, and other Asian flavors. Indeed, Beijing is an incredible city. Here, in the heart of an ancient country, Eastern culture and Western innovation meet and merge.


Interesting facts about Beijing


Interesting facts about Beijing is a great opportunity to learn more about Asian capitals. The city has huge popularity all over the world. Millions of tourists come here every year to look at local attractions and get acquainted with Chinese culture.



1. The city of Beijing is the capital of China. The giant capital of China is amazing.


2. Beijing is a huge metropolis, the political and historical center of China.


3.Beijing is such a huge city that its population exceeds that of many small countries.


4. Four times as many people live in Beijing than in the whole of Slovakia - about 22 million.


5. And the area of ​​Beijing is larger than the area of ​​Moscow by about 12 times.


6. The first cities on the site of the modern capital of China existed more than three thousand years ago.


7. And the history of Beijing has 3 thousand years. It's about as old as London.


8. In ancient times, there were 4 great capitals in China, and Beijing is one of them.



9. Beijing, which means "Northern Capital" is the sixteenth name given to this city.


10. Before the city received the name "Beijing" in 1403, it was also called Jicheng ("City of Ji"), Yanjing ("Yan Capital"), Nanjing ("Southern Capital"), Dadu ("Great Capital"), Peiping ("Central World") and others.


11. Beijing is the second largest city in China after Shanghai with a population of almost 22.5 million. Almost the same number of people live on the continent of Australia.


12. This ancient city is literally crowded with people, cars and motorcycles, everyone is in a hurry somewhere, and it seems that people here never sleep at all.




13. Indeed, Beijing is an incredible city. Here, in the heart of an ancient country, Eastern culture and Western innovation meet and merge.


14. In China, they like to borrow what they like, so this city has entire blocks that are very reminiscent of European cities.


15. In Beijing, skyscrapers are located in the center, anthill houses in the suburbs. These sparkling futuristic skyscrapers blend in harmoniously with street kitchens, crowds of pedestrians and other Asian flavors.


16. Beijing drivers never give way to pedestrians on zebras. However, almost everywhere in Asia the situation is exactly the same.


17. Bicycles are very popular in this city due to their cheapness. There are a lot of bike paths, they are usually fenced off from the roadway and the pedestrian zone.




18. The Beijing subway, consisting of 17 "branches", takes 2nd place on the planet in terms of the total length of lines. The championship is held by the Shanghai subway.


19. Climatic conditions in Beijing are not simple: in summer the temperature can rise above + 42°C, while in winter the thermometer can drop to -27°C. The best months to visit Beijing are April, May, September and October.




20. Beijing Airport is the second busiest in the world: more than 100 million travelers pass through its terminals every year.


21. In Beijing, a new airport is under construction - when it is completed, Daxing should become the largest air harbor in the world. The complex is scheduled to open in 2025.


22. The most impressive historical sights of China are located in Beijing.


23. The center of the city is the famous Tiananmen Square. Until 1989, mass gatherings and political protests took place on the square, until access to the square was restricted and meetings were banned. Now only ceremonial events are allowed here.




24. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by four monumental buildings: the Tiananmen Gate of the Imperial City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the West, the Mao Zedong Mausoleum in the south, and the National Museum of China in the east.


25. Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, with a size of 440 thousand square meters, was the largest in the world until the 20th century.


26. In January 2011, an eight-meter statue of Confucius was installed on the square, but just a few months later, someone dismantled it under cover of night and took it away in an unknown direction.


27. Residents of China call their capital not Beijing, but Beijing, however, in Russian and many other languages, the outdated pronunciation of the city's name has been fixed.


28. One of the world's five mausoleums of socialist leaders, Mao Zedong, is located in Beijing.




29. Mao Zedong, one of the founders of the Communist Party of China, rests in a huge memorial complex with 44 granite columns and 10 halls.


30. The most famous modern attraction in Beijing is the Olympic Park. As soon as Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the entire country embarked on a plan to impress the world.


31. In total, 30 Olympic buildings were built and reconstructed. The main venues are located along the lake, such as the National Stadium - a masterpiece of the world-famous architects Herzog and de Meuron. Because of its bizarre shape, people call it the "Bird's Nest".




32. In 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics, which cost the Chinese government about $44 billion to prepare.


33. Many citizens here wear medical masks on their faces, trying in this way to protect themselves from smog, exhaust gases and dust.


34. Air pollution in Beijing exceeds European standards by more than 5 times. Emissions from transport and industrial enterprises prevent citizens from breathing deeply.


35. And here, due to global climate change, for several decades, fierce sandstorms have often fallen on Beijing, capable of paralyzing the life of the metropolis.


36. Local ladies often walk with umbrellas to escape the sun. In Beijing, as in all of China, it is believed that the whiter the skin, the more beautiful the person, so everyone is afraid of sunburn.


37. School students in Beijing wear a uniform that is very reminiscent of tracksuits. The color of the uniform depends on the particular school.


38. In local parks, someone is constantly playing sports. Especially a lot of pensioners.


39. Many Beijingers here always carry thermoses with them, into which they pour tea or compote.


40. In many shopping centers, train stations and airports, you can see free vending machines for pouring boiling water. There are also regular fountains with drinking water.


41. There are also a lot of public toilets in Beijing, and they are all free.


42. Even in the city center, turning from a wide street into an alley, you can see how local residents cook food, dry clothes and do other household chores right on the street.




43. Peking duck is one of the most famous Chinese delicacies. It takes about 2 days to prepare the poultry and fry it in a special oven on special wood.


44. Outside the tourist area of ​​Beijing, locals are very fond of taking pictures with foreigners.


45. Most Beijing residents do not speak English at all. So it will not be easy for a tourist without knowledge of Chinese.




46. ​​There are a lot of police in Beijing, passers-by often check documents. At the same time, everyone is calm, everyone understands that this is safety, and no one gets annoyed.


47. Beijing is a safe city. Even in poor areas, theft and especially robbery are extremely rare.


48. The first hotels and hotels for foreigners began to be built here only in the 70s of the last century.


49. The longest traffic jam in the world was recorded in Beijing: it lasted more than 9 days.


50. Beijing is a huge and incredible city. This is the very charm of Beijing - if some foreigners are shocked by the hectic atmosphere, then others find this never-ceasing seething of life attractive in its own way.



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Beijing closed two markets on Friday and postponed resumption of primary school classes following the discovery of three new cases of COVID-19 in the city after two months in which no new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Chinese capital.  

The first country affected by the new coronavirus at the end of last year, China has meanwhile managed to slow down the epidemic considerably, with only a few new cases of disease being reported daily in recent weeks, most of them among people returning from abroad.

 But a case of COVID-19 of unknown origin was confirmed in Beijing on Thursday, followed by two more on Friday.  The last case of COVID-19 confirmed before them dates from mid-April.  From the beginning of the epidemic until then, a total of 597 cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths have been confirmed in Beijing, reports.

 The last two contaminated people are employees of the Meat Research Center.  One of them had recently visited the eastern city of Qingdao.  Two markets in Beijing where these two people were were completely or partially closed on Friday and will be disinfected.

Authorities also decided to postpone the resumption of schooling for three primary classes until an indefinite date, after it was initially agreed that schools would reopen on Monday.  Pupils in the Chinese capital have gradually returned to school since the end of April, after three months of forced vacation and distance learning.

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A popular giant panda has unexpectedly died in a Thailand zoo - forcing China to send experts to investigate.

Chuang Chuang had been at the Chiang Mai zoo since 2003, alongside his female companion.

Failing to show any sexual interest in Lin Hui, the zoo tried various methods to boost his sex drive, including putting him on a low-carb diet, and showing videos of mating pandas.

The panda bear was taken on a loan by the Chiang Mai zoo from China since 2003.

The bear, which was 19 year old, was widely popular in Thailand because of repeated efforts by the zoo to get him to mate with his female companion.

His unexplained death caused revolt on Chinese social media, with many users accusing Thailand of not caring enough for the animal.

Giant pandas usually live only for 25 to 30 years in captivity. They classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

As a way of strengthening diplomatic ties, China loans the animals to countries around the world

There's extensive reporting in China about the animals' lives overseas, and Chuang Chuang's early death has received widespread coverage in local media.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, an investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of death, and experts from the China Conservation and Research Centre will travel to Chiang Mai to work with their Thai counterparts.

Some social media users on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo were concerned, saying: "Thailand is not suitable for raising pandas", and "they don't treat animals as well as we think".

Others asked for the remaining female panda in Chiang Mai, Lin Hui, to be returned to China.

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Russian customs officers detained 106 tons of scrap metal from a decommissioned nuclear submarine while trying to export it to China without a license. This was reported by the press service of the Federal Customs Service (FCS).

After cutting the hull of the submarine, they tried to export the steel by a private company under the guise of scrap of ferrous metals. As noted in the department, for the export abroad of metals that can be reused by melting and subsequent forging when creating military equipment, a license of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia is required.

It was found that the scrap from the submarine was purchased at the shipyard at the auction. The director of the company participated in it, using the license of another company. It is issued to specialized state organizations that have received the right to foreign trade with products of a special category.

A criminal case has been opened against the head of the exporting company under article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Smuggling of military equipment).

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