Beijing unveils construction plan for 2022 Olympic Yanqing venues

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Beijing has completed the construction plan for sports venues in suburban Beijing’s Yanqing district, one of the host sites for the 2022 Winter Olympics. 

The National Alpine Ski Center in suburban Beijing's Yanqing district. [File photo]

According to officials, by the end of this year, Beijing is set to complete 50 percent of the construction work of the National Alpine Ski Center and 35 percent of the National Sliding Center. By the end of 2019, the National Alpine Ski Center is expected to meet the standards for running test events set by the International Olympic Committee.

Besides the two centers, the Yanqing Olympic Village and the Mountain Media Center will also be set up there.

The National Alpine Ski Center will have seven courses with a total length of 21 kilometers. The construction of the venues utilizes local terrain as much as possible, minimizing environmental impacts, reducing cut and fill and saving costs.

The bobsleigh, skeleton and luge tracks are within the National Sliding Center, with a designed maximum speed of 134.4 kilometers per hour. Unlike previous venues, a roof is set over these tracks to protect the ice from bad weather and reduce energy consumption. In the future, the center will serve as the training base for the national skiing team and host major international competitions as well.

The Yanqing Olympic Village will accommodate 1,430 athletes and team officials, and serve as a base for rest, food, medical care, doping tests and other services.

Ecological protection is a top priority in the construction of the venues at the Yanqing competition zone. The sewage treatment system ensures that the water from melted man-made snow will be recycled for further use. And by 2022, the Yanqing competition zone will have full access to solar energy, wind energy and other clean energy.

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