On 31 July 2015, Beijing and Zhangjiakou (Kalgan) brought the 2022 Winter Olympics back to China. These two cities are set to see a huge amount of benefits over the next six-and-a-half months until the Games arrive in China for the second time (first for the Winter Olympics).
Confidently confirmed (as in: works are just short of getting underway, or examination and approval are very close to being finalised) are already the following rail projects (a few key air and road projects as well):
- Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway (at up to 350 km/h / 217 mph)
- Zhangjiakou-Hohhot High Speed Railway (generally 250 km/h / 157 mph)
- Beijing Subway Lines 3, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, and other lines, in addition to building out and extending current lines
- Zhangjiakou-Chengde Expressway
- Rest of the Capital Ring Expressway (Expressway G95)
- 2nd Beijing International Airport and surrounding road and rail network
Almost confirmed are the following projects:
- Beijing-Kowloon High Speed Railway
- Network of suburban and regional rail services around Greater Beijing
- Xingshou-Yanqing Expressway and onward extension to Zhangjiakou
Given the dimensions of such an international event, these are just the most conservative of all plans — and in particular with the HSR links, few are expected to make dents as in become heavy burdens on the Games budgets.
These also do not include even more transit links into Greater Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, all of which stand to benefit from the Games.
Stay tuned to Tracking China and the rest of the Street Level China network for more.