On Friday night Chinese President Xi Jinping officially opened the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, the world’s first “double Olympic city.
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the first major global sports event held as scheduled since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, is of symbolic significance to both China and the world.
At the opening ceremony, people saw the poetic scene of “snowflakes as big as a table,” and also felt the sentiment of “building a community with a shared future for mankind.” Amid changes and a pandemic unseen in a century, the Beijing Games demonstrates the unity and resilience of mankind, and also brings joy and hope to the world.
“The Olympic Games are maybe the most complex event on this planet,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach once said. “There are a lot of pieces in this huge and very difficult jigsaw puzzle.” It can be imagined how difficult it is to organize the Games amid the pandemic.
Unlike the 2008 opening that focused more on China’s 5,000 years of history, the 2022 opening performance on Friday night mixed Chinese culture with innovating green and hi-tech concepts, highlighting China’s present and future.
This reflects the profound changes that took place 14 years later in how the Chinese people perceive themselves and how they hope the world perceives China.
Beginning at 8pm, a number that bears “good fortune,” the opening balanced “simple” and “splendid” on Friday night.
The countdown show, themed “the Beginning of Spring,” consisted of a video, a live performance and fireworks.
The opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the 24th Winter Games, coincides with the “Beginning of Spring,” the first of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar, symbolizing vitality.
Fireworks bloomed in the Chinese word for “Li Chun” or “the Beginning of Spring,” and the English word “Spring.”