A playground of snow and ice
Updated: 2015-01-10 07:28
By Erik Nilsson and Yang Yang(China Daily)
Winter activities have transformed Beijing Olympic Forest Park into a family-hour paradise. The enthusiasm for winter sports is great publicity for Beijing's 2022 Winter Olympics bid. Da Wei / For China Daily
Olympic fever stimulates fans of winter sports, Erik Nilsson and Yang Yang report.
Beijingers can play a real-life version of the terrorists-versus-good guys video game Counter-Strike on ice at the Bird's Nest this winter.
They can act out the first-person shooter game as a laser-tag competition while scuttling across frozen water at the iconic 2008 Beijing Olympics venue, also known as the National Stadium.
That is, if they don't instead zorb (roll inside a transparent ball) on ice or swish down "ice slides" in inner tubes. Or zip across frozen sheathes on all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles.
Beijing's enthusiasm for winter activities is soaring as the mercury plummets, industry insiders agree.