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2022 Winter Olympics
The 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS, officially known as the XXIV OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (French: Les XXIVeme Jeux olympiques d'hiver ) (Chinese : 第二十四届冬季奥林匹克运动会; pinyin : Dì Èrshísì Jiè Dōngjì Àolínpǐkè Yùndònghuì), and commonly known as BEIJING 2022, is a multi-sport event that will take place in Beijing and towns in the neighboring Hebei province
Hebei province
, China
China
from 4 to 20 February 2022. It will be the third consecutive Olympic Games
Olympic Games
held in East Asia
East Asia
, after Pyeongchang
Pyeongchang
2018 and Tokyo 2020 . Having previously hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
, Beijing
Beijing
will become the first city to ever host both the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games
Olympic Games

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Chinese Characters
CHINESE CHARACTERS are logograms used in the writing of Chinese , Japanese , Korean and some other Asian languages. In Standard Chinese , they are called HàNZì (simplified Chinese : 汉字; traditional Chinese : 漢字). They have been adapted to write a number of other languages, including Japanese , where they are known as kanji (漢字); Korean , where they are known as hanja (漢字); and Vietnamese , in a system known as chữ Nôm . Collectively, they are known as CJK CHARACTERS . In English, they are sometimes called HAN CHARACTERS. Chinese characters
Chinese characters
constitute the oldest continuously used system of writing in the world. By virtue of their widespread current use in East Asia
East Asia
, and historic use throughout the Sinosphere , Chinese characters
Chinese characters
are among the most widely adopted writing systems in the world by number of users
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Chinese Language
LEGEND: Countries identified Chinese as a primary, administrative, or native language Countries with more than 5,000,000 Chinese speakers Countries with more than 1,000,000 Chinese speakers Countries with more than 500,000 Chinese speakers Countries with more than 100,000 Chinese speakers Major Chinese-speaking settlements THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IPA PHONETIC SYMBOLS. Without proper rendering support , you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
Unicode
characters
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Pinyin
HANYU PINYIN ROMANIZATION (simplified Chinese : 汉语拼音; traditional Chinese : 漢語拼音; literally: "Han Chinese spelling of sounds"), often abbreviated to PINYIN, is the official romanization system for Standard Chinese
Standard Chinese
in mainland China
China
and to some extent in Taiwan
Taiwan
. It is often used to teach Standard (Mandarin) Chinese, which is normally written using Chinese characters
Chinese characters
. The system includes four diacritics denoting tones . Pinyin
Pinyin
without tone marks is used to spell Chinese names and words in languages written with the Latin alphabet , and also in certain computer input methods to enter Chinese characters. The pinyin system was developed in the 1950s by many linguists, including Zhou Youguang , based on earlier form romanizations of Chinese
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Multi-sport Event
A MULTI-SPORT EVENT is an organized sports event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports between organized teams of athletes from (mostly) nation states . The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance is the modern Olympic Games
Olympic Games
. Many regional multi-sport events have since been founded and modeled after the Olympics. Most have the same basic structure. Games are held over the course of several days in and around a "host city", which changes for each competition. Countries send national teams to each competition, consisting of individual athletes and teams that compete in a wide variety of sports. Athletes or teams are awarded gold , silver or bronze medals for first, second and third place respectively. The games are generally held every four years, though some are annual competitions
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East Asia
NORTHEAST ASIA or EAST ASIA is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent, which can be defined in either geographical or pan-ethno-cultural terms. Geographically and geopolitically, it includes Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea
North Korea
and South Korea. The region was the cradle of various ancient civilizations such as Ancient China
China
, ancient Japan
Japan
, ancient Korea
Korea
, and the Mongol Empire . East Asia
East Asia
was one of the cradles of world civilization, with China, an ancient East Asian civilization being one of the earliest cradles of civilization in human history
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Hebei Province
Baoding
Baoding
(1928-58, 1966) Tianjin
Tianjin
(1958-65) Shijiazhuang
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Kazakhstan
KAZAKHSTAN (Kazakh : Қазақстан, translit. Qazaqstan, IPA: ( listen ); Russian : Казахстан, IPA: ), officially the REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN (Kazakh: Қазақстан Республикасы, translit. Qazaqstan Respy'bli'kasy; Russian: Республика Казахстан, tr. Respublika Kazakhstan), is the world's largest landlocked country , and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi). Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
is the dominant nation of Central Asia
Central Asia
economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. It also has vast mineral resources. Some argue that Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
may be considered a European country because Kazakhstan's Western region is on the European continent and meets the Council of Europe
Europe
's criteria for European inclusion
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Malaysia
Coordinates : 2°30′N 112°30′E / 2.500°N 112.500°E / 2.500; 112.500 Malaysia Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu" "Unity Is Strength" ANTHEM: Negaraku My Country CAPITAL Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
3°8′N 101°41′E / 3.133°N 101.683°E / 3.133; 101.683
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Alpine Skiing
ALPINE SKIING, or DOWNHILL SKIING, is the sport or recreation of sliding down snow -covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings . It is characterized by the requirement for mechanical assistance getting to the top of the hill, since the equipment does not allow efficient walking or hiking, unlike cross-country skis which use free-heel bindings. It is typically practiced at ski resorts which provide services such as ski lifts , artificial snow making and grooming , first aid , and restaurants . Back-country skiers use alpine skiing equipment to ski off the marked pistes , in some cases with the assistance of snowmobiles, helicopters or snowcats . Alpine skiing
Alpine skiing
has been an event at the Winter Olympic Games since 1936 (except for the 1940 games)
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Simplified Chinese Characters
SIMPLIFIED CHINESE CHARACTERS (简化字; jiǎnhuàzì) are standardized Chinese characters
Chinese characters
prescribed in the Table of General Standard Chinese
Standard Chinese
Characters for use in mainland China . Along with traditional Chinese characters
Chinese characters
, they are one of the two standard character sets of the contemporary Chinese written language . The government of the People\'s Republic of China
Republic of China
in mainland China has promoted them for use in printing since the 1950s and 1960s to encourage literacy. They are officially used in the People\'s Republic of China
Republic of China
and Singapore
Singapore

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Yanqing District
YANQING DISTRICT (simplified Chinese : 延庆区; traditional Chinese : 延慶區; pinyin : Yánqìng Qū) is a subdivision of the municipality of Beijing
Beijing
located northwest of the city proper of Beijing. The county consists of 11 towns and 4 rural townships. CONTENTS * 1 Administrative divisions * 2 Culture and attractions * 3 Transportation * 3.1 Metro * 4 External links * 5 References ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONSThere are 3 subdistricts , 11 towns , and 1 township in the district. The urban area of Yanqing (87,891 in township) has an area of 9.8 km2 (3.8 sq mi) and an estimated population of 100,000
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Bobsleigh
This audio file was created from a revision of the "Bobsleigh" article dated 2006-02-04, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. (Audio help ) MORE SPOKEN ARTICLES BOBSLEIGH or BOBSLED is a winter sport in which teams of two or four teammates make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled . The timed runs are combined to calculate the final score. The various types of sleds came several years before the first tracks were built in St. Moritz
St. Moritz
, Switzerland, where the original bobsleds were adapted upsized luge /skeleton sleds designed by the adventurously wealthy to carry passengers. All three types were adapted from boys' delivery sleds and toboggans . Competition naturally followed, and to protect the working class and rich visitors in the streets and byways of St Moritz, bobsledding was eventually banned from the public highway
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Luge
A LUGE /ˈluːʒ/ is a small one- or two-person sled on which one sleds supine (face up) and feet-first. Steering is done by flexing the sled's runners with the calf of each leg or exerting opposite shoulder pressure to the seat. Racing sleds weigh 21–25 kg (46–55 lb) for singles and 25–30 kg (55–66 lb) for doubles. Luge
Luge
is also the name of an Olympic sport. Lugers can reach speeds of 140 km per hour (87 mph). Manuel Pfister of Austria, reached a top speed of 154 km per hour (95.69 mph) on the track in Whistler , Canada
Canada
prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics . Lugers compete against a timer, and on artificial tracks they are timed to a thousandth of a second, making luge one of the most precisely timed sports in the world
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1998 Winter Olympics
The 1998 WINTER OLYMPICS , officially the XVIII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES (French: Les XVIIIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver ) (第十八回オリンピック冬季競技大会, Dai Jūhachi-kai Orinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai), was a winter multi-sport event celebrated from 7 to 22 February 1998 in Nagano , Japan. 72 nations and 2,176 participants contested in 7 sports and 68 events at 15 venues. The Games saw the introduction of women\'s ice hockey , curling and snowboarding . National Hockey League
National Hockey League
players were allowed to participate in the men\'s ice hockey . The host was selected on June 15, 1991, over Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
, Östersund
Östersund
, Jaca
Jaca
and Aosta
Aosta

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Sapporo
SAPPORO (札幌市, Sapporo-shi, Japanese: ) is the fifth largest city of Japan
Japan
by population, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido
Hokkaido
. Located in Ishikari Subprefecture , it is the capital of Hokkaido
Hokkaido
Prefecture , and an ordinance-designated city of Japan
Japan
. Sapporo
Sapporo
is known outside Japan
Japan
for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics , the first ever held in Asia, and for the city's annual Yuki Matsuri, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival , which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery
Sapporo Brewery
, and the white chocolate biscuits called shiroi koibito (白い恋人, "white sweetheart")
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