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2022 Winter Olympics: Location, Sports, Mascot (A Full Guide is Here)

2022 Winter Olympics: Location, Sports, Mascot (A Full Guide is Here)

Written by Sunny XieUpdated Mar. 10, 2022

The 2022 Winter Olympics (北京冬奥会 Běijīng Dōngàohuì /bay-jing dong-ao-hway/), also known as Beijing 2022, is scheduled to take place from February 4 to February 20, 2022, which is in the Chinese New Year period (from February 1, 2022). 

Beijing, the first dual Olympic city to host both the summer and winter Olympics, is partnering with Zhangjiakou, home to yet more high-quality ski resorts, to host the winter games. Scroll down to find information on venues, tickets, and recommended travel solutions for this grand international event.

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Beijing Olympics 2022 Mascot - Panda Bing Dwen Dwen

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Mascot Bing Dwen DwenBing Dwen Dwen

China is the home of pandas, which lend themselves adorably to mascot use. To reflect this Olympic Games being in winter, the mascot for Beijing 2022 has been designed as a panda clothed in a suit of ice, inspired by the Chinese candied haws - crispy sugar-coated fruit (haws, yam, etc.) on a stick.

What's the Olympic Panda represent?

The cute name for this fluffy panda is Bing Dwen Dwen (冰墩墩 Bīng Dūndūn /bing-dwnn-dwnn/). "Bing" means 'ice', and "Dwen Dwen" (literally 'block block') means robust, lovely, and lively, like a child next door, in Chinese.

How popular is the Panda Bing Dwen Dwen in China?

The Panda Bing Dwen Dwen should be so far the biggest star of the Beijing Olympics 2022.

Just a few days after the Beijing Olympics 2022 took place, this chubby panda mascot was already out of stock. Fans are waiting in lines for hours or even overnight in cold weather to purchase one. 

Manufacturers have already mobilized workers to end their Chinese New Year holiday earlier, to produce the panda mascot, and to ensure every fan has one as soon as possible.

If you are a fan of Bing Dwen Dwen, please just wait to get one.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Location Map

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Venues Map

The winter games will be held in three competition clusters in Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou.

The Beijing Cluster will host all the ice events and two snow events: big air snowboard and freestyle skiing.

Yanqing Cluster will host the alpine skiing, bobsleigh, skeleton, and luge events. Yanqing is a mountainous suburban district of Beijing, home to the Badaling and Juyongguan sections of the Great Wall.

All the other snow events will take place in the Zhangjiakou Cluster. Zhangjiakou is a popular skiing destination in China, neighboring Beijing, in Hebei Province.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Venues

To host the winter games, 25 venues in the three clusters will be used, including 12 competition venues, 3 training venues, 3 Olympic villages, 3 medals plazas, 3 media centers, and 1 ceremony venue.

Beijing 2022 Competition Venues

There are 12 competition venues: 6 in Beijing, 2 in Yanqing, and 4 in Zhangjiakou.

All ice sports and 4 snow events are staged in the Beijing cluster. The Yanqing cluster will host the alpine skiing, bobsleigh, and luge events, while other snow-based events will take place in the Zhangjiakou cluster.  See more on 2022 Winter Olympics Locations and Venues >>

Here's a list of the 12 competition venues with their sports/disciplines:

Cluster Venue Sport/Discipline
Beijing Cluster Capital Indoor Stadium Short Track Speed Skating
Figure Skating
National Speed Skating Oval (newly built) Speed Skating
National Indoor Stadium Ice Hockey
Wukesong Sports Centre
National Aquatics Center Curling
Shougang Big Air (newly built) Freestyle Skiing
Yanqing Cluster Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre (newly built) Alpine Skiing
Yanqing National Sliding Centre (newly built) Bobsleigh
Zhangjiakou Cluster Zhangjiakou Genting Snow Park Freestyle Skiing
Zhangjiakou National Ski Jumping Centre (newly built) Ski Jumping Nordic Combined
Zhangjiakou National Cross-Country Skiing Centre (newly built) Cross-Country Skiing
Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre (newly built) Biathlon
Shougang Big AirShougang Big Air

Beijing 2022 Non-Competition Venues

The Beijing 2022 non-competition venue host the opening, closing, and medal ceremonies, athlete accommodation and training, and media centers.

Function (Location) Venue Notes
Ceremony Venue National Stadium (Bird's Nest) For the opening and closing ceremonies
Training Venues
Capital Skating Oval For training
Capital Indoor Stadium Training Hall
Capital Short Track Speed Skating Hall
Olympic Villages
(Three clusters)
Beijing Winter Olympic Village Around 2,300 beds
Yanqing Winter Olympic Village Around 1,430 beds
Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Village Around 2,640 beds
Media Centers
(Three clusters)
China National Convention Center Main Press Center (MPC);
International Broadcasting Center (IBC)
Yanqing Mountain Media Center Mountain Media Centers (MMC)
Zhangjiakou Mountain Media Center
Medals Plazas
(Three clusters)
Beijing Medals Plaza For medals ceremonies
Yanqing Medals Plaza
Zhangjiakou Medals Plaza

Post Games Use of the Venues — Legacy Plan

Beijing Olympic GreenBeijing Olympic Green

Except for the temporary venues, all the other venues will be fully used after the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, aiming to promote a healthy lifestyle for Chinese people and a low-carbon economy.

The competition venues will be used for sports competitions, athlete and youth sports training, exhibitions, cultural and civic activities, etc.

Olympic Villages will be used as tourist resorts, hotels, housing rental, public parks, etc.

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Winter Olympics 2022 Tickets - Not Sold to Public but Designated Spectators

On Jan. 17, 2022, the Beijing Organising Committee announced that "Given the current grave and complicated situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators, it was decided that tickets should not be sold anymore but be part of an adapted programme that will invite groups of spectators to be present on site during the Games." 

How to Get Tickets for the Winter Olympics 2022?

According to the latest announcement [January 2022], tickets for the Olympics 2022 will not be sold to the general public, but they will invite groups of spectators to be present on-site during the Games.

These spectators might be selected through official organizations and will need to strictly abide by the COVID-19 countermeasures before, during, and after each event.

If you are not a member of such an organization, you can watch the Games through online channels, like Tik Tok, Youtube, etc., or local broadcasters, like NBC in the US, CBC in Canada, Seven Network in Australia, and Eurosport in most European countries. 

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Dates

February 2–3: preliminary competitions for ice hockey, curling, and freestyle skiing

February 4: Opening Ceremony

February 4–20: events, competitions, and finals

February 20: Closing Ceremony

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Sports

A total of 109 events in 15 disciplines of 7 sports are set to take place in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

See more on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Events >>>

Sport Discipline Number of Events
Biathlon Biathlon 11
Bobsleigh Bobsleigh 4
Skeleton 2
Curling Curling 3
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey 2
Luge Luge 4
Skating Figure Skating 5
Short Track Speed Skating 9
Speed Skating 14
Skiing Alpine Skiing 11
Cross-Country Skiing 12
Freestyle Skiing 13
Nordic Combined 3
Ski Jumping 5
Snowboard 11

New Events for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Seven new events have been added for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. For the first time, a female athletes percentage of over 45.44% to attend the winter games has been reached, making Beijing 2022 probably the most gender-balanced Winter Olympics to date.

Discipline Newly Added Event
Bobsleigh Women's Monobob
Short Track Speed Skating Team Relay
Ski Jumping Mixed Team
Freestyle Skiing Men's Big Air
Women's Big Air
Aerials Mixed Team
Snowboard Snowboard Cross Mixed Team
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Bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics

In 2013, Kraków (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine), Stockholm (Sweden), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Oslo (Norway), and Beijing (China) submitted their applications to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

In July of 2014, three cities including Almaty, Oslo, and Beijing moved to the candidate phase. 

In October of 2014, Oslo withdrew its application due to its lack of political support, leaving Almaty and Beijing as the final candidates.

On July 31 of 2015, beating Almaty by 4 votes, Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Emblem

Inspired by the Chinese character "冬" (dōng 'winter'), the emblem of Beijing 2022 was designed using an artistic rendering of Chinese calligraphy and named 'Winter Dream'

The flowing ribbon-like motif resembles a skater in its upper part and a skier in its lower part. The color of the emblem is mainly blue, representing dreams, the future, and the purity of ice and snow. The other two colors are red and yellow, which are the colors of China's national flag, represent the passion, youth, and vitality of the Olympics.

 Emblem of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and 2022 Paralymic Winter GamesEmblem of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and 2022 Paralymic Winter Games

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Torch

The torch for Beijing 2022, named 'Flying Raising' (飞扬 Fēiyáng /fay-yang/), features a similar design to the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in order to honor Beijing as the first city to host both a summer Olympics and a winter Olympics.

The design of the torch is full of Chinese tradition. The colors of the torch are silver and red, with patterns of 'lucky clouds' (祥云 Xiángyún /sshyang-ywnn/) and paper-cut snowflakes from the bottom up to the flame.

The flame part is designed as two overlapping fluttering ribbons. Two torches can be closely interlocked when exchanging the flame.

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The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics' Motto, Vision, and Mission


Joyful Rendezvous upon Pure Ice and Snow


A joyful rendezvous upon pure ice and snow uniting the passion of hundreds of millions for winter sports


To deliver a fantastic, extraordinary, and excellent Beijing 2022 Games that is green, inclusive, open, and clean.

A joyful rendezvous upon pure ice and snow uniting the passion of hundreds of millions for winter sportsBeijing 2022's Vision of Promoting Ice and Snow Sports

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Transportation

The transportation network described as 'One High-Speed Railway, Three Expressways, and Several Arteries' has been built/enhanced to support the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and to promote China's winter sports.

One High-Speed Railway

Beijing–Zhangjiakou High-Speed RailwayBeijing–Zhangjiakou High-Speed Train

A new railway, the Beijing–Zhangjiakou High-Speed Railway was built and put into use in 2019, with a speed of up to 350 km/h (220 mph), making the travel time from Beijing to Yanqing only 20 minutes and from Beijing to Zhangjiakou only 50 minutes. The bullet trains are equipped with 5G networks, wireless charging, and spaces to place ski equipment.

Three Expressways

Yanchong ExpresswayYanchong Expressway

In addition to the two existing expressways (Jingxin Expressway and Jingzang Expressway), one of the major traffic amelioration projects for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is the Yanchong Expressway (Yanqing to Chongli District), which opened in 2019.

Several Arteries

Beijing Daxing International AirportBeijing Daxing International Airport

In addition to the above-mentioned high-speed railway and expressways, Beijing's second international airport, the world's largest single-building airport terminal, Beijing Daxing International Airport was built and put into operation in 2019.

In addition, Zhangjiakou Ningyuan Airport was reconstructed and expanded.

More subways and bus stations are being constructed in Beijing to reduce the inner-city travel times.

Traveling between Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Venues

For traveling between the three competition clusters, taking the bullet train is highly recommended. Check the train schedule here>>>

For inner-city transfers, you can take the subway, public buses, or hotel shuttle buses (if available) to get to Beijing venues. China Highlights provides worry-free private transfers with an English-speaking guide for assistance to ensure you get to the competition venues in time.

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Hotels

Hotels in the Beijing Cluster

As one of the 10 largest cities in the world, you will have a big range of choices for where to stay in Beijing, no matter your budget or travel times.

For your convenience in attending the Winter Games Opening Ceremony, hotels like North Star Yayuncun Hotel Beijing and North Star Continental Grand Hotel,  in the Olympic Green Area should be your first choice. But their rooms will easily be overbooked, and room rates will double or triple during Beijing 2022.

If sightseeing is your main purpose with 1–2 days for attending the games, you may consider staying in the Qianmen Area or Wangfujing Area for their shopping and eating convenience. There are hotels of all levels to choose from.

To experience old Beijing and get close to local life, an overnight stay in a traditional courtyard hotel in the Hutong Area is recommended. These hotels are located in narrow lanes without any vehicles and can offer a luxury experience. 

More on Where to Stay in Beijing>>>

Beijing CityBeijing City

Hotels in the Yanqing Cluster

Yanqing is a mountainous suburb of Beijing with not so many choices of hotels. But, thanks to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, more new hotels including luxury hotels have been built. The Crowne Plaza Beijing Badaling and Holiday Inn Express Beijing Badaling are located close to the National Sliding Centre, and so are good choices if you want to watch the Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh, Skeleton, and Luge events.

Hotels in the Zhangjiakou Cluster

Chongli District in Zhangjiakou Prefecture is a winter paradise for skiers in China, with many high-end ski resorts and international hotel chains. Holiday Inn Express Zhangjiakou Park View in downtown Zhangjiakou and Thaiwoo Hotel, Hyatt Place Chongli, and Eagle's Nest Youth Hostel in Thaiwoo Ski Resort are good choices.

Having difficulty in choosing a suitable hotel or unsure of which cluster to stay at? Contact our hotel experts to recommend suitable hotels.

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Travel Solutions

Attending a Winter Olympics may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience or something you'd ideally do every 4 years. Come and join in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and encounter the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations too. We can customize a tour to fulfill your China and Winter Olympics dreams.

Here are some travel itineraries for the host city Beijing that could provide a starting point:

Looking for something different? Tell us your travel needs and let us provide what you need for a unique Winter Olympics tour with the excitement of both competition and Chinese culture.

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