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Beijing 2022 opening ceremony will celebrate Chinese New Year

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremony will feature elements showcasing the Chinese New Year, the Great Wall of China, and the Olympics, according to the organising committee.

The Games’ opening ceremony will be held at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, on February 4, 2022, which is also the first day of spring in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Chang Yu, the head of media and communications for the Games, told Xinhua: “We aim to deliver a unique opening ceremony that invites people from all over the world to share the joy and excitement of Chinese New Year with us.”

Chang added: “A good opening ceremony plays an important role in successfully hosting the Games and building the country’s image.”

Chang is also the deputy director for the opening and closing ceremonies, a department established by the organising committee to plan innovative ideas.

The organising committee in 2018 called for the public to submit ideas for the opening ceremony and set-up a review board to analyse them and select ten. Successful proposals are to receive a reward.


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Global push to strip Beijing of Winter Olympics

Credit: Sydney Morning Herald

By Eryk Bagshaw September 22, 2020 — 5.01am

The founder of a global coalition of MPs is pushing for the International Olympic Committee to reconsider Beijing's hosting of the 2022 Winter Games as politicians around the world voice increasing concerns over China's human rights record.

The move paves the way for a worldwide alliance between human rights groups and conservative and progressive politicians to force a boycott of the Games. The development also could further threaten the finances of the IOC as it battles to keep the coronavirus-stricken Tokyo Olympics on track for 2021.

British MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and former leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, said: "I have asked that the IOC thinks again about hosting in China."

The global parliamentary alliance includes Australian politicians Tim Wilson, Kimberley Kitching, Andrew Hastie, Eric Abetz, Kevin Andrews, James Paterson, Amanda Stoker and Raff Ciccone among its 160 members across Canada, the US, the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Europe.

Sir Iain said it was time for broader economic restrictions on China and that other national governments "should be much more supportive of Australia", which had been made "a scapegoat" over its calls for an independent inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic.

"The free world does have a strong position to say the bullying, the threatening, the internal repression, the border disputes, the arrogant attitude to your neighbours, the breaking of the treaty with Hong Kong — these must have consequences," he said. "At the moment the Chinese believe these consequences are no more than just condemnation."

Sir Iain's stance follows 160 human rights advocacy groups delivering a joint letter to the chief of the International Olympic Committee calling for Beijing to be stripped of the Games over its crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang.

Further questions have been raised about how the world's media can cover the Olympics after a widespread crackdown against Western outlets. Australian reporters Mike Smith and Bill Birtles were forced to leave China in September and other correspondents have struggled to obtain accreditation to enter the country.

Independent Australian MP Zali Steggall, a bronze medal winner in alpine skiing at the Nagano Olympic Games in 1998, said while the Olympics were a matter for the IOC, it needed to be "monitoring the unfolding situation" in China.

"I have been concerned about the allegations of serious human rights abuses and the recent shutting down of free speech in China," said Steggall, who has no association with the inter-parliamentary alliance.

The chair of New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Committee Simon O'Connor said his country would act cautiously but the "Olympics could be a catalyst" for greater global pressure on China's actions.

"It doesn't matter if it is Hong Kong, Uighurs, Taiwan or the stealing of technology," he said. "This is not a very good mix at the moment and it's hard to see in a years time what is going to make that improved."

Dutch MP Martijn van Helvert, who sits on the Netherlands' Foreign Affairs Committee, said the diplomatic discussion about the Beijing Olympics will now "absolutely start".

"I would say sport is something that unites us, but it is very strange that [the Dutch] King and Queen might be applauding in Beijing in 2022 while knowing there are 1 million Uighurs in punishment camps and Hong Kong is captured by China."

Beijing will be the last Olympics exempt from human rights principles being incorporated in its host city contract by the IOC, which will bind hosts to UN conventions from Paris 2024 onwards.

The Chinese government has been ramping up its multibillion-dollar infrastructure building ahead of the games, adding a ski jumping centre, a speed skating stadium and a new 1.3 million square metre convention centre.

President Xi has urged China's population to take up winter sports ahead of the Games in a country that has historically had limited alpine participation.

"If its sports are strong, a country is powerful, and if a country is powerful, its sports are strong," he said in 2019 according to Chinese state media service Xinhua.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the accusations from the 160 human rights groups on September 9 that it had violated human rights in Xinjiang or Hong Kong.

"The groundless allegations of these organisations are not worth refuting," said foreign affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian."Attempts to politicise sports run counter to the spirit of the Olympic Charter. China firmly opposes them."

In July, IOC member Dick Pound raised the possibility of cancelling the Beijing Games if coronavirus forced them into abandoning the Tokyo Games.

"Taking the political side out of it for the moment say there is a COVID problem in July and August next year in Tokyo, it is hard to imagine there is not going to be a knock-on effect in the same area five months later," he said.

The IOC, which is already expecting to bear a $1.2 billion cost blowout for the delayed Tokyo Olympics, was contacted for comment.

The Olympics have long triggered human rights flashpoints. Berlin in 1936 was used as a showcase for Nazi propaganda. Prior to the 1968 games in Mexico, hundreds of demonstrating students were killed less than two weeks before the opening ceremony. The Munich games in 1972 saw Israeli athletes taken hostage and murdered by Palestinian militants. Beijing's Summer Olympics in 2008 saw mounting concerns over crackdowns on dissidents and political suppression in Tibet.

The Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia in 2014 also were marred by the exploitation of migrant workers and threats against journalists and activists who had documented environmental damage caused by the Games.

Athletes have participated under the Olympic flag in the past as independent competitors when sanctions have been applied to particular countries.


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It won't. CCP wants to make it a big propaganda show about how they defeated the virus. The recent celebrations they did in Bird Nest (celebrating the anniversary of the CCP) with a full packed stadium should had given you a hint of what's going to happen.

On 7/7/2021 at 12:05 PM, WD96 said:

With the possible ban of spectators at the Tokyo 2020 games, I am also worried that this will also apply to the Beijing 2022 games.

Why you worry? It's the perfect comeupance. They ruined Tokyo 2020. Why should we give two damns about an edition they are gonna use for propaganda purposes.

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Well....the hangover after the mess which was Tokyo 2020 ceremonies is long over. While I still feel contempt about these games I guess its still my duty to inform about whats going on.

Bird Nest is undergoing works in preparation for the opening ceremonies. They also seem to want to make them more simple, though knowing China i'm sure "simple" to their standards will still be a spectacle.



As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially opened with the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are on the horizon.

A Beijing 2022 delegation is in Tokyo to observe the Games-time operations and activities of different functional areas.

Chang Yu, director general of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games' (BOCOG) opening and closing ceremonies department, told Xinhua that they have gained useful insights on presenting a successful opening ceremony under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The opening ceremony features a lot of highlights despite the influence of COVID-19. BOCOG is engaging actively in preparing to present a splendid Beijing 2022 opening ceremony in a simple and safe manner, with COVID-19 countermeasures in mind," Chang said.

The opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 is scheduled to take place on February 4 next year at Beijing's National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest."



The National Stadium's redevelopment for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies is scheduled to be completed in October, four months before the start of the Games.

Commonly known as "The Bird's Nest", the 91,000-capacity venue has entered the transformation phase in preparation for the Opening Ceremony, which is set to take place on February 4 2022.

At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the National Stadium also held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

According to Yang Jinkui, director general of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games Integration Department, the construction of accessible facilities in all 12 competition venues and three Winter Olympic and Paralympic Villages has also been completed with the main construction and passed all measures during the "Experience Beijing" testing activities in February and April.

"In accordance with the requirements of delivering a ‘simple, safe and splendid' Games, we will continue our good job in the accessible optimisation of the permanent facilities of the venues," said Yang.

"We will also continue to deliver in the design and construction of temporary facilities, as well as the connection between temporary and permanent facilities, and strengthen training for venue operation teams. 

"Finally, we will combine the construction of the Winter Games venues with sustainable urban development and work with the host cities to create an accessible environment that reflects the level of social civilisation and progress, so as to leave a rich legacy for the host cities."

Zhangjikou's Olympic Village was completed in June ©Getty Images Zhangjikou's Olympic Village was completed in June ©Getty Images

The Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Village was completed in June this year.

The Mountain Press Centre, the Mountain Broadcast Centre, the Medals Plaza, and the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation sub-centre are all continuing their renovations for the Games on schedule, according to organisers.

A total of 39 venues, including the 12 for competition, are to be used for Beijing 2022.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20, followed by the Paralympics from March 4 to 13.


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On 8/2/2021 at 3:55 PM, Ikarus360 said:

Well....the hangover after the mess which was Tokyo 2020 ceremonies is long over. While I still feel contempt about these games I guess its still my duty to inform about whats going on.

Bird Nest is undergoing works in preparation for the opening ceremonies. They also seem to want to make them more simple, though knowing China i'm sure "simple" to their standards will still be a spectacle.




I wonder if the satellite photos of the Birds Nest are released yet. Because everyone want to see what the stage would look like.

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As we countdown to Beijing 2022, I thought it would be great to provide updates. The organisers have just allowed domestic spectators in all of the venues. This means that we will be able to see people in the stadium for the Ceremonies. This also reminds me of what the Dutch did for the Eurovision 2021 shows instead spectators had to have a negative covid test before they could enter the arena. What good news!

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I'm happy we are allowed to see spectators at the Games even if it's just from Mainland China only. Tokyo 2020 was different with no spectators except for the marathons and the track cycling events. 

Torch lighting ceremony in Olympia will be held behind closed doors again. 

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