Beijing Winter Olympic Village to be put to use in 2021

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The renovation of two Winter Olympic venues will start before the end of this year, and the Beijing Winter Olympic Village will be put into use in 2021, according to an official from the Olympic Park Management Committee.

The post-game use of the 2008 Beijing Olympic venues has become a good model for the world, said a person in charge of the committee. For the past 10 years since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 9,100 large-scale performances and meetings were held in these venues, among which 1,130 were major international events. Chinese and foreign visiting attendees for these events totaled over 500 million.

The construction phase of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank building in the Olympic Park has finished. Meanwhile, the exhibition installation at the National Sinology Center has started. Other key cultural projects, such as the National Art Gallery, the National Arts and Crafts Museum (the Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum), and the National Technology Communication Center will be located in the Olympic Zone.

At the National Indoor Stadium, part of the original glass wall will be replaced by artificial ice blocks. Natural lighting will be introduced through external and internal shading systems to minimize lighting energy consumption. Water source heat pumps will be used for the energy of air-conditioning.

New non-competition venues including the Beijing Winter Olympic Village will be put to use in 2021.

In July, the newly renovated infinity pool in the Water Cube was reopened to the public. Since it is an outdoor pool, winter swimming activities can be held here in the future to meet the needs of winter swimmers.

The all-seasons ski center located in the Olympic Forest Park has attracted over 100,000 skier since its opening last September. The artificial snow used in the ski center has a texture closely resembling natural snow.

In the same park, the outdoor ice skating rink will also reopen soon. The rink is made of real ice, and advanced condensing technology from the Netherland was used to maintain the ice rink.

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