The opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics took place at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest) in Beijing, August 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Xu Jiajun)
Beijing 2022's preparations for the opening ceremony are already underway as Tokyo 2020 kick-off.
TOKYO, July 23 (Xinhua) -- With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially kicked off with the opening ceremony here on Friday, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is on the horizon.
An artist performs during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, July 23, 2021. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)
A team of Beijing 2022 staff are in Tokyo to observe the Games-time operations and activities of different functional areas. Chang Yu, director-general of BOCOG's opening and closing ceremonies department, told Xinhua that they had gained useful experience presenting a successful opening ceremony under the circumstances of the pandemic.
"The opening ceremony features a lot of highlights despite the influence of COVID-19. BOCOG is engaging actively in preparing to present a splendid Beijing 2022 opening ceremony simply and safely, with COVID-19 countermeasures in mind," said Chang.
The opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 is scheduled to take place on February 4 next year at the National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest."