Beijing venues, supporting infrastructure for 2022 Winter Olympics completed

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As the construction of Beijing's Winter Olympic venues and supporting infrastructure has been completed, the city is now beginning construction on temporary facilities, said Ding Jianming, deputy director of Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office, on Nov. 22.

Oct. 28 marked the completion of renovations to the National Stadium, following the construction of another eight competition venues, 16 non-competition venues and 31 supporting networks such as a high-speed railway and an electricity grid for the Beijing and Yanqing competition zones, all of which have been submitted to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The temporary facilities mainly include systems for spectators, athlete services and functional spaces such as those for broadcasting, pandemic prevention and logistics.

According to Ding, the capital city has taken advantage of Beijing 2022 preparations to build a "green Olympic public transportation network," which allows visitors to reach different venues using subways, high-speed rails, buses and other modes of public transit. 

He said that with the opening of Beijing Subway Line 11 at the end of this year, all venues within the Beijing competition zone will be connected by subway. "It takes less than 40 minutes to get from Beijing North Railway Station to Yanqing Station, and to reach the venues in the Yanqing competition area within 30 minutes by shuttle bus," Ding said.

Another benefit of hosting the Games is the accelerated development plans for integrating Beijing and Hebei. For instance, the Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway and the Chongli branch line were completed one after the other, and Zhangjiakou's abundant green energy such as wind and photovoltaic power, which will serve the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, now accounts for one-tenth of Beijing's total electricity consumption.

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