Beijing: Enough snow for 2022 Winter Olympics

Mojca Ogris-Schimberg, a senior manager at Demaclenko, a snowmaking machine manufacturing company, says that the climate and geographic conditions around downtown Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou are good for producing artificial snow. [Photo/CNTV]

Now that Beijing has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, talk has moved from the problem of snow in a city distinctive for its arid climate, sandstorms and perpetual lack of water, to the virtues of artificial snow (despite the amount of water fake snow takes to manufacture). Meanwhile, a long-long range weather forecast, conducted by the city’s meteorological bureau, predicts natural snowfall is likely to increase in the areas slated for competition action in seven years’ time.