After hosting a successful Summer Olympic Games in 2008, Beijing is once again being considered to host. They would share the nomination with the neighboring city, Zhangjiakou. Beijing is on the short list for the bid to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022. The only other city up for the nomination is Almaty, Kazakhstan. The other locations that were up for consideration were said to have withdrawn from the nomination process.
The last Winter Olympic Games cost Russia fifty-one billion dollars and the Summer Games racked up a solid forty-four billion dollars in Beijing. The steep prices are cause for many to question the benefits of hosting the internationally renowned event.
Journalists took to the streets of Beijing to question citizens, about their opinions on being the host once more. Li Dangdong, age 28, was asked whether he supported the Olympics with the immense spending of yuan. Dangdong stated, “I definitely support it…the Olympics can help make the economy grow and house prices will rise.” Dai Shixiang, age 82, was also asked the same question. He believes that the results, of the massive spending, would far exceed the costs because it would increase China’s reputation and more stadiums would be constructed.
There were multiple Chinese citizens asked about the Olympics and many of which seem in favor. The Olympics tend to stimulate the economy of the host cities, therefore Beijing looks to benefit from the event once again.