POSTED: July 28th 2015

Olympics: Beijing 2022 promises a memorable cultural experience

Beijing boasts efficient transportation and outstanding hotels © Hotel Eclat Beijing
Beijing boasts efficient transportation and outstanding hotels © Hotel Eclat Beijing

Beijing 2022’s snow sport competitions will be hosted at the foot of the iconic Great Wall of China © Beijing 2022
Beijing 2022’s snow sport competitions will be hosted at the foot of the iconic Great Wall of China © Beijing 2022

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) After the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee delegation had arrived in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session, Beijing 2022 offered a taste of the experiences that await all visitors. One of those spectacular Games experiences awaiting spectators, stakeholders, and athletes is having winter sport at the base of the iconic Great Wall of China. Beijing is a genuine global destination that offers efficient transport, diverse gastronomy, endless entertainment, and world-class accommodation. All this combined with the rich history and natural beauty of snow venues Yanqing and Zhangjiakou, Beijing is the ideal host for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

As a leading world destination for tourism and business, Beijing enjoys outstanding hotels, spectacular sightseeing, efficient transportation, and cosmopolitan cuisine. In just the last year, the city has welcomed more than 260 million international and domestic tourists.

In addition, Beijing has already met the IOC's requirements for Games-time accommodation, which deals with satisfactory room charge rates and capacity, with ease. The city will be able to adequately host all visitors using their 518 star-rated hotels that will provide about 110,000 rooms. Beijing is also easy to reach with over 70 arlines and 109 international direct flight destinations available.

"Beijing is the city with an exceptional history, culture which offers visitors a huge range of entertainment, while Yanqing and Zhangjiakou offer a natural beauty paired with stunning views of the Great Wall which would create a stunning stage to showcase winter sports to audiences around the world. Today, Beijing is set to deliver a Games experience that is truly unique and inspiring," expressed Mayor of Beijing and President of the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee, Wang Anshun.

An essential element of the Beijing 2022 bid is providing quick, modern, and efficient transportation. A key part of the government's Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Intercity Rail Mater Plan is the construction of a high-speed rail that will link Beijing and Zhangjiakou. The track is being constructed independently from the Games and began last year. It's expected to be operational by 2019. Spectators will be able to enjoy the modern cosmopolitan city lifestyle and the winter sports scenery in a single day.

Located in twenty minutes from Beijing, Yanqing, which is part of the Beijing Municipality, registers a steady tourism growth of 4.3% annually. The development of hotels and services in Yanqing is skyrocketing due to the 2019 World Horticultural Expo preparations.

Also seeing rapid development is Zhangjiakou, which is only fifty minutes from Beijing. The growing winter sports destination has become very attractive to resort and hotel investments. It has been seeing an annual growth of 28.2% in hotel guest nights on average over the last three years.

To add to the festival atmosphere, the Beijing 2022 Games will co-inside with the Chinese New Year. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the festivals and celebrations, along with the world-renowned succulent Chinese New Year treats and gastronomy. It will be a memorable cultural experience for everyone.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · Beijing 2022 · IOC · Olympic · Paralympic · Olympic bidding · Winter Games

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