Daily life in Beijing as 2022 Winter Olympics kick off

Posted : 2022-01-31 09:54 Updated : 2022-02-08 10:35
A child practices ice hockey near the Beijing Olympics Tower in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. The Beijing Winter Olympics is tapping into and encouraging growing interest among Chinese in skiing, skating, hockey and other previously unfamiliar winter sports. It's also creating new business opportunities. AP

People skate on a frozen canal in Beijing, China, 28 January 2022. China is scheduled to host the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in February, making its capital the first city in the world to host both Summer (2008) and Winter Olympics (2022). EPA

Chinese children skate near The Central Radio & TV Tower in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. The Chinese authorities have been encouraging its people to take up winter sports in the run up to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. AP

School children warm up before ski lessons at the Vanke Shijinglong Ski Resort in Yanqing on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. AP

A woman using a plastic bag as a cover walks outside the Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 26, 2022, ahead of the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Tiger. AFP

Passengers arrive at Beijing West railway station in Beijing on January 27, 2022, ahead the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Tiger on February 1. AFP

Travelers wearing face masks to help protect against COVID-19 line up for trains at a station in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong Province, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. AP

Passengers ride escalators at the Beijing railway station in Beijing on January 26, 2022, ahead of the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Tiger. AFP

A person wearing a protective mask rides a motorbike, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues, in Beijing, China January 30, 2022. REUTERS

A person works on scaffolding while adjusting a banner on a lamppost ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Beijing. AP

A worker mops the floor in the lobby area of the main media center at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Beijing. AP

Visitors stand near a logo for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at a ski resort in Yanqing on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. AP

An Olympic volunteer wearing a protective mask and face shield sits at the Olympic main media centre, which is part of the Olympic COVID-19 'bubble', in Beijing, China, 27 January 2022. The Olympic 'bubble' was created as a preventive measure against the spreading of Covid-19, where reporters, athletes, and other people taking part in the upcoming Winter Olympics have to live in a closed-loop environment for the whole time without being able to leave it up until their departure from China. EPA

Olympic workers in hazmat suits work at a credential validation desk at the Beijing Capital International Airport ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. AP

A worker sits next to a disinfectant sprayer at the main media center ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Beijing. AP

A medical worker wearing protective gear collects a sample from a resident at a COVID-19 test site outside a residential housing block in Fengtai District in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. AP

A worker handles a coronavirus test sample at a private testing site in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Repeated COVID-19 testing of millions of Beijing residents is starting to test the patience of some as the city clamps down on the virus ahead of the coming Winter Olympics. AP

A couple wearing face masks to help protect from the coronavirus wait for their bus at a bus stand displaying a poster showing mascot for the Beijing Winter Olympics at the central business district in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. AP

A vendor rides on a bicycle selling a variety of sugar-coated Chinese haw crosses an intersection in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. AP

A resident walks a dog past a banner promoting the Beijing Winter Olympics in a neighborhood in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. AP

Residents wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus pass by a breakfast stand on the street of Beijing, China, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. AP

Illuminated lanterns are pictured in front of the the Beijing Olympic Tower ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China January 26, 2022. REUTERS

Inflated Beijing Games mascot, Bing Dwen Dwen, tries to squeeze through the door to enter the main media center at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Beijing. AP

A worker cleans the floors inside the main media center at the 2022 Winter Olympics Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, in Beijing. AP

A person wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) works at the Wukesong Arena, ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China January 26, 2022. Picture taken January 26, 2022. REUTERS

A volunteers vacuums the floor at the National Aquatics Center, a venue for curling events at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Beijing. AP

Ice makers install a sub-glacial Olympic logo ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing National Sliding Center in Yanqing, China January 28, 2022. REUTERS

Photo manager Anny Li holds a "Mask Off" sign while rehearsing for victory ceremonies at the National Aquatics Center, a venue for curling events at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Beijing. AP

A police car parked on duty near a bridge as fireworks are released during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in Beijing, China, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. AP

A worker cleans a section of the Olympic Green as the Beijing Olympic Tower stands lit in the background at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, in Beijing. AP

An Olympic transport staff wearing a face mask waits next to the Wukesong Sports Centre, main venue for ice hockey at the 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China, 27 January 2022. EPA