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A tour of Beijing 2022 indoor venues

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With five days to go before the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, venues are ready for a simple, safe and splendid Olympic Games.

Take a look at the indoor venues!

NATIONAL SPEED SKATING OVAL

As the only newly built ice sports venue in the Beijing competition zone, the National Speed Skating Oval, also known as the “Ice Ribbon”, boasts an ice surface of around 12,000 square meters. It can seat 12,000 spectators, making it the largest speed skating venue in Asia.

Photo taken on Jan. 28, 2022 shows an interior view of the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Ice resurfacing machines run at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

Ice resurfacing machines run at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

Photo taken on Jan. 28, 2022 shows the evening view of the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, capital of China. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)

NATIONAL AQUATIC CENTER

The National Aquatic Center, which was dubbed as the “Water Cube” during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will be “frozen” into an “Ice Cube” during Beijing 2022 to host curling events.

A staff member works inside the National Aquatics Center in Beijng, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)

A staff member works inside the National Aquatics Center in Beijng, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)

Hans Wuthrich (R) talks with a staff member at the National Aquatics Center in Beijng, capital of China, Jan. 28, 2022. Hans Wuthrich, a Canadian professional ice technician of World Curling Federation, has been working for world-class curling competitions for years. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)

Photo taken on Jan. 27, 2022 shows an exterior view of the National Aquatics Center in Beijng, capital of China. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)

NATIONAL INDOOR STADIUM

The National Indoor Stadium previously hosted artistic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and handball events during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. After the transformation, it will be the venue for ice hockey competitions for Beijing 2022.

Photo taken on Jan. 28, 2022 shows the interior view inside the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

Photo taken on Jan. 26, 2022 shows the scene inside the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. (Xinhua/Du Yu)

Photo taken on Jan. 28, 2022 shows the exterior view of the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

CAPITAL INDOOR STADIUM

As the “oldest” competition venue for Beijing 2022, the Capital Indoor Stadium will host short track speed skating and figure skating competitions.

Ice skaters practise during a training session at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Jan, 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

Ice skaters practise during a training session at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Jan, 28, 2022. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

Chinese figure skater for women single skating Zhu Yi attends a training session at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Jan. 29, 2022. (Xinhua/Cao Can)

WUKESONG SPORTS CENTER

Converting from a basketball court into an ice hockey rink within six hours, the Wukesong Sports Center will host ice hockey events.

Players of Beijing Arcfox and China Ice Sport College greet before a men’s ice hockey test event for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 9, 2021. (Xinhua/Wu Zhuang)

Players of China Ice Sport College wait during a men’s ice hockey test event for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the Wukesong Sports Center in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 9, 2021. (Xinhua/Wu Zhuang)

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1st cruise liner returns to Sydney after over 2 years

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For the first time in more than two years, an ocean liner has been berthed in Australia’s Sydney Harbour as the multi-billion-dollar cruise industry resumes business in Australia’s state of New South Wales (NSW).

Cruise liner Pacific Explorer docks at Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, on April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Cruise liner Pacific Explorer docks at Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, on April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Cruise liner Pacific Explorer docks at Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, on April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Cruise liner Pacific Explorer docks at Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, on April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Cruise liner Pacific Explorer docks at Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, on April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei) ■

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Asia Album: Wedding Week 2022 in Sri Lanka’s Colombo

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Wedding Week 2022 was held at a hotel in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo over the last weekend, which included bridal shows and related wedding events.

Renowned designers from India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka togethr showcased their collections at the exclusive wedding expo.

According to local media reports, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) recently said plans were underway to promote Sri Lanka as a safe wedding destination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A model presents a creation on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Xinhua/Tang Lu)

A model presents a creation on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

Models present creations on the Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Tang Lu)

Models present creations on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

A model presents a creation on the Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Tang Lu)

A model presents a creation on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

Models present creations on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

A model presents a creation on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

Models present creations on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

A model presents a creation on the Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Tang Lu)

A model presents a creation on the Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Tang Lu)

A model presents a creation on Wedding Week 2022 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19, 2022. (Photo by Ajith Perera/Xinhua)

 

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Snaps of closing ceremony of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games

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The Olympic flame has been extinguished, bringing down the curtain on the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, but the passion still lingers from the sports gala that has enlivened and inspired the world amid the pandemic.

Beijing 2022 has been a journey about both physical and human infrastructure: encompassing green construction and reuse of venues, and massive investment to fuel domestic participation in winter sports.

Here are some memorable moments from the closing ceremony.

 

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