After the great economic success of the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008, China is seeking to host the 2022 winter games. This time it would not take place exclusively in Beijing, but rather jointly in Beijing and Zhangjiakou (110 miles northwest of the capital). The plan would be fore Beijing to host the ice events while Zhangjiakou, which has a warmer climate, would host the snow sports. The committee that is making the bid believes that hosting the 2022 games would “show the comprehensive power of our country’s development, and raise our international influence.”
China has already taken steps to improve their chances of winning the bid. They are making plans to install a high-speed rail link between the two cities to decrease travel time to only 40 minutes. Furthermore, the efforts that Beijing made in 2008 to improve the city will still hold in to 2022. In order to get the bid however, Beijing will have to do something about their pollution problem. Although Zhangjiakou has better air quality than Beijing, it is still not ideal for athletic competition.
If China does get the opportunity to host the 2022 Olympics, I believe that the whole country will reap the benefits. The Beijing Olympics improved the economy and tourism overall. It forced the city to prepare for the crowds by building improved transportation, decreasing pollution, and cleaning up the streets. Additionally, since China has recently seen slowed growth, hosting the Olympics would serve as a huge boon to their economy. It remains to be seen if the benefits of Beijing hosting the Olympics can overcome the hurdles they will have to jump over to have the committee accept their bid.