Winter Olympics venues

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is aiming to be the most environmentally friendly Winter Olympic Games yet

As the first city to host both summer and winter editions of the Olympics, several venues from the 2008 Games will be reused in this year’s competition.

There are a total of 109 medal events set to take place with competition venues spread across three zones: Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. All three will be connected via a high speed railway.

Each area will have its own athlete village, all of which will be repurposed after the Olympics end while all of the energy for each venue will come from solar and wind power.

The National Stadium
Also known as ‘The Bird's Nest’ due to its unique design, this iconic stadium will once again host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games – as it did in 2008. Although it won’t be hosting any sporting events, its Olympic legacy is set to make for an exciting start to the Games.  

National Aquatics Centre
Previously nicknamed the ‘Water Cube,’ the venue has earned a new moniker — the ‘Ice Cube’ — after being transformed to host curling competitions at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Its distinctive exterior is designed to resemble water bubbles.

National speed skating oval
The only new arena built on the grounds of the 2008 Olympic Park, it’s located on the site of the former field hockey and archery fields. Its exterior features 22 ribbon-like light strands flowing around it, which led to its nickname of the ‘Ice Ribbon’.

National Alpine ski centre
Situated in the Xiaohaituo Mountain Area in north-west Yanqing, it’s made up of seven courses, with the largest vertical drop reaching 900 meters - said to be one of the world's steepest courses. It boasts a seating capacity of 5,000 and a standing capacity of 3,500 for spectators.

National Ski Jumping Centre
The architectural design of the ski jump resembles a traditional ruyi sceptre (a Chinese talisman), hence the nickname for the facility: ‘Snow Ruyi’. Following the Winter Olympics, Snow Ruyi will be used by the Chinese national team for training and as a tourist resort.