Something unexpected and really strange happened in the last couple of days – Beijing was selected as the host for the 2022 Winter Olympics Games!!! Isn’t that incredible…? Why would I say that – well – very simple: Beijing and its surrounding areas are NOT a winter wonderland!
Beijing is for sure a very dynamic, interesting, sports oriented and full of energy city. BUT – that does not make it a good candidate for a Winter Olympics host.
The place is bone dry in the winter – cold and dry. Usually, in the hotels you have to request a humidifier to ensure you get some help with the climate to help the skin on your body and make your stay more comfortable.
Now think how can such environment be conducive to winter and snow and ice dependent sports….? The only answer is man-made snow ! But that is very water and energy dependent – and both of those are in relative short supply in the capital ….!
So I fully expect that the local government will mobilize an army of people to both clean up the city as well as man machines to generate snow. If a country can pull off such a challenge – China is your choice – a society focused on the state’s success and good position in the global view.
I certainly hope the games are successful and snow abundant – I just wonder how was the choice made and was it purely investment dollars (RMB) driven with nature, natural resources, clean air – all being secondary and tertiary…! Oh, well….!