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Beijing 2022 sets new standard for delivery of Games, says IPC president Parsons

Fireworks illuminate the night sky during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Xia Yifang)Beijing 2008 changed the way the Summer Paralympics was delivered forever, this will be the same with the Winter Paralympic, said IPC president Andrew Parsons.BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Beijing 2008 changed the way the Summer Paralympics was delivered forever, and this will be the same with the Winter Paralympics, said International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons.As the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games is about to come to an end, Parsons shared his experience and thoughts on Beijing 2022 in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.FULFILLING COMMITMENTSMaking his first trip to China in 2005, Parsons was surprised at how China has changed in the past 17 years. Despite being in the closed-loop during the Beijing Winter Paralympics, Parsons said he has seen a more modern city on his way to the Yanqing and Zhangjiakou competition zones.The IPC chief was also impressed by China's sense of responsibility in fulfilling its promise to host the Games.All the different levels of government, the organizing committee, and everyone here, they wanted to deliver great Games in very challenging circumstances, Parsons said. And I think they succeeded in that. I'm really impressed with the level of delivery of the Games.International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons speaks with Xinhua during an exclusive interview. (Xinhua/Mei Yuanlong)Parsons believes the Beijing Games has send a message of peace, resilience and hope to the world.I think resilience has a lot to do with Beijing and the Chinese people. The way that you stood out, organized and delivered the fantastic Games, despite the challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic, he explained.The focus was to deliver the best possible infrastructure and services to the athletes. And this is what the organizing comm...

Xi to attend closing ceremony of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

The Paralympic Winter Games Cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, March 4, 2022. (Xinhua/Wu Huiwo)BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, will attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games scheduled on the evening of March 13, at the National Stadium.The ceremony will be broadcast live by China Media Group, and xinhuanet.com will provide live broadcast in photos and text.

Highlights of wheelchair curling Bronze Medal Match at Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics

Jon Thurston (R) of Canada competes during the Wheelchair Curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Mark Ideson (front) of Canada competes during the Wheelchair Curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Jon Thurston, Ina Forrest and Dennis Thiessen (from L to R) of Canada celebrate after the wheelchair curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)Jon Thurston of Canada competes during the wheelchair curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)Peter Zatko (R) of Slovakia takes a breath during the Wheelchair Curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Monika Knukelova (R) of Slovakia competes during the wheelchair curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)Peter Zatko (R) of Slovakia competes during the Wheelchair Curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Peter Zatko (L) of Slovakia competes during the Wheelchair Curling Bronze Medal Match between Slovakia and Canada of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/X...

China's Mao wins para cross-country skiing men's middle distance sitting at Beijing 2022

CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Para cross-country skier Mao Zhongwu notched the men's middle distance sitting gold at the Beijing Winter Paralympics here on Saturday.His teammate Zheng Peng took the silver, while Giuseppe Romele of Italy pocketed the bronze.It is China's 16th gold at the ongoing Beijing Winter Paralympic Games.

China's Yang wins her 3rd para cross-country skiing gold medal at Beijing 2022

CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, March 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Para cross-country skier Yang Hongqiong clinched the women's middle distance sitting gold at the Beijing Winter Paralympics here on Saturday.This is Yang's third Paralympic gold after long distance and sprint sitting.Oksana Masters of the United States took the silver, while Yang's teammate Ma Jing pocketed the bronze.It is also China's 17th gold at the ongoing Beijing Winter Paralympic Games.

Para cross-country skier Wang wins 15th gold for host China

CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Para skier Wang Chenyang won the 15th gold for host China at the ongoing Beijing Winter Paralympics in the men's middle distance free technique standing here on Saturday.Benjamin Daviet of France took the silver. Wang's teammate Cai Jiayun came in third.

Awarding ceremony at Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on March 11

Gold Medalist Muraoka Momoka (C) of Japan, silver medalist Liu Sitong (L) of China and bronze medalist Zhang Wenjing of China react during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Sitting event of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Luo Yuan)Silver medalist Mollie Jepsen of Canada, gold medalist Zhang Mengqiu of China and bronze medalist Andrea Rothfuss of Germany (from L to R) pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Luo Yuan)Bronze medalist Andrea Rothfuss of Germany reacts during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Luo Yuan)Bronze medalist Andrea Rothfuss of Germany reacts during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Standing of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Luo Yuan)Silver medalist Liu Sitong of China reacts during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Sitting event of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Bronze medalist Zhang Wenjing of China reacts during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom Sitting event of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at Yanqing Medals Plaza in Yanqing District, Beijing, capital of China, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Jianan)Bronze medalist Andrea Rothfuss of Germany reacts during the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine Skiing Women's Gian...

Feature: Dream comes true for Chinese Para snowboarder Sun

CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Having taken up Para snowboard in 2016 and in search of a medal at the Beijing Winter Paralympics, Chinese rider Sun Qi, 22, fulfilled his dream with the men's banked slalom SB-LL2 gold here on Friday.This is the 14th gold for host China, which tops the Paralympic tally with 14 gold, 14 silver and 19 bronze medals, followed by Ukraine with 9-10-6 and Canada with 7-4-9.This is also the first Paralympic medal for Sun, who finished fourth in the men's cross SB-LL2 at Beijing 2022 on Monday after failing to make top 10 in the two events at PyeongChang 2018.The medal is like a key to starting the next chapter of my life. It encourages me to go forward, unafraid of difficulties. Because I did it this time, I believe I can do it next time, said Sun, who began skiing at age 16 and trains four hours a day.The men's banked slalom SB-LL2 was the last event of the Paralympic snowboard competitions, in which China collected three gold, three silver and four bronze medals from four cross and four banked slalom events.On the way he and his teammates went through for the Paralympic Games, Sun said, This is a tough journey. It's like 100 steps we had finished 99. Today, the last step mattered. We made the last step well.On bouncing back from finishing fourth in the cross, Sun said: I was injured on my right clavicle when I competed in the world championships. That cast a shadow, more or less, for me on the jumping platform, which made me slower at that race.It's a pity. But it took me hours to walk out of that pity and make preparations for today's race, he added.Sun had once trained in Para cycling at provincial level in China before switching to Para winter sports on the recommendation of a friend.He has been involved in both Para snowboard and Para Alpine skiing. During the 2021-2022 season, he was classified in the SB-LL2 snowboard category and the LW4 Alpine skiing category.In Para snowboard, Sun had won golds in SB-LL2 banked ...

Feature: Paralympic mascot Shuey Rhon Rhon brings joy and friendship

BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Recently, if one browses trends in China, one may find that Shuey Rhon Rhon is always high on the list.Shuey Rhon Rhon, the mascot of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, is a chubby red lantern child with white snow blocks on its head.Like its Olympic counterpart Bing Dwen Dwen, Shuey Rhon Rhon has won the hearts of both athletes and spectators ever since the start of the Paralympics.Canadian ice hockey player Billy Bridges couldn't stop posting images of Shuey Rhon Rhon souvenirs on social media. Shuey Rhon Rhon is so cute, he said. [I am] absolutely obsessed with all the Shuey Rhon Rhon merch.Alpine skier Jakub Krako of Slovakia bought a Shuey Rhon Rhon toy at the Paralympic Village in Beijing's northern suburb of Yanqing. For him, the mascot is not only a symbol of the Paralympic Winter Games, but also a bridge connecting cultures.I want to bring it back to my friends and family so that they can also understand Chinese culture, said Krako.Austrian skier Johannes Aigner bought four. The Beijing 2022 double medalist said he had learned some Chinese culture at school and was interested in learning more with the mascot. I will definitely give one to my parents and my family to share the happiness, said Aigner.Shuey Rhon Rhon has also set off a craze inside Beijing 2022's closed loop, with a reporter from Japan's Asahi Shimbun queuing for one and a half hours to get his hands on a Shuey Rhon Rhon toy at the shop of the Paralympic media center.There are many Chinese elements embedded in the mascot. Images of doves and the Temple of Heaven are on display continuously around the crown, while the snow blocks on the lantern indicate the good wishes of a fruitful year.Jiang Yufan, Shuey Rhon Rhon's designer, said the inspiration came from traditional Chinese lanterns which are hung in the streets during Chinese New Year and other important festivals.The 23-year-old graduate from Jilin University of the Arts submitted her idea to t...

From food security to carbon goals, "two sessions" demonstrate China's steady steps toward modernization

* Through enormous efforts, China is capable of feeding one-fifth of the global population with 9 percent of the world's arable land and 6 percent of the freshwater resources.* China has pledged to peak carbon emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.* China's whole-process people's democracy, which covers elections, consultations, decision-making, management, and oversight, ensures that it is the people who are running the country.* As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges unseen in a century, China seeks stable progress amid all headwinds.BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- In 1995, a book titled Who Will Feed China? speculated, In an integrated world economy, China's rising food prices will become the world's rising food prices. China's land scarcity will become everyone's land scarcity.A powerful answer has been delivered. Today, China's 1.4 billion people are eating well with a great range of choices, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said during the fifth session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).Aerial photo taken on Oct. 1, 2021 shows a view of the paddy fields in Yongji County of Jilin City, northeast China's Jilin Province. (Xinhua/Xu Chang)Through enormous efforts, China is capable of feeding one-fifth of the global population with 9 percent of the world's arable land and 6 percent of the freshwater resources, said Xi, also Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission.That China feeds itself well is but one anecdote of what has been dubbed the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, which is first and foremost about the people.FOR THE PEOPLEOf all things, eating matters most, and food is the most basic necessity of the people, Xi said, stressing that despite China's industrialization, food supply should never be considered an insignificant issue.How ...

China to fight for bronze in Para ice hockey at Beijing Winter Paralympics

Goalkeeper Wang Wei (C) of China competes during the Para Ice Hockey semifinals match between China and the United States of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China fell to four-time gold medalist the United States 11-0 in the Para ice hockey semifinal of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games here on Friday.With three victories in as many games and an 18-2 goal difference in the preliminary round, China made it into the semifinal in their Para ice hockey debut after a thrilling 4-3 win over the Czech Republic in the qualifying final on Wednesday.As a young team that was only established in 2016, China had a significant disadvantage compared to defending champion Team USA, who had only lost one game since Salt Lake City 2002 and won every major trophy since 2017.The Americans had the game under control and played in their own way the majority of the time, while China only had a few chances to threat the U.S. goalkeeper, who was forced to make six saves the entire game.Despite a total of 26 saves by Chinese goalkeepers Ji Yanzhao and Wang Wei, the USA scored four, five, and two goals in the three periods respectively to make the final score.The coach told us to fight as hard as we could before the game, Ji said. We know that the United States is the defending champion, and we have to admit the difference between us and the world's best team.We just played the best possible way we can and tried to learn from the best, he added. It's a pity that we failed to score, even just once.In the other semifinal earlier on Friday, Canada thrashed South Korea 11-0 to set up the final clash against the USA on Sunday, the two teams that have split the Para ice hockey gold in the past 20 years.Speaking of the bronze medal match, Ji said: we will do our best and try to win the game.Declan Farmer (L) of the United States shoots the Para Ice Hockey semifin...

China's commitment to high-quality development benefits all -- experts

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 16, 2021 shows the automated production line of a technology company in the Economic Development Zone of Anji County, Huzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province. (Photo by Xia Pengfei/Xinhua)China has made important contributions to promoting world economic recovery, providing development dividends, and boosting global sustainable development, said overseas experts, noting that China's development experience can also be helpful for other countries.BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China's commitment to pursuing high-quality development and building a community with a shared future for mankind has drawn global attention during its annual two sessions, and will further benefit the world, say experts worldwide.This year's two sessions, the gatherings of the National People's Congress and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, held closing meetings on Friday and Thursday respectively.Such topics as expanding high-level opening-up, promoting green development and boosting global cooperation have received intense global attention.China has made important contributions to promoting world economic recovery, providing development dividends, and boosting global sustainable development, said overseas experts, noting that China's development experience can also be helpful for other countries.China-donated COVID-19 vaccines are transported at the Nsimalen airport in Yaounde, Cameroon, Dec. 14, 2021. (Photo by Kepseu/Xinhua)BOOST GLOBAL COOPERATIONMunshi Faiz Ahmad, former chair of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, said since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, China has been playing a very constructive role in an effort to enhance cooperation among countries to combat the virus in a coordinated manner.He also said that China has been sharing resources with many countries, rich and poor, in an effort to defeat the pandemic, adding that China has succeeded in doing this because th...

China into wheelchair curling final, makes ice hockey history at Beijing 2022

Zhang Mingliang of China (c) competes in the wheelchair curling semifinal against Canada at Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)China swept 15 medals of 39 on offer on Day 7 of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games and was only one step away from defending its wheelchair curling title after beating Canada for a final berth.BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Team China added 15 medals at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games here on Friday, while making it to the final in wheelchair curling.With a 9-5 win over Canada, defending champion China set up a wheelchair curling final against Sweden on Saturday.I feel very excited to win today. We had a more relaxed game, not as tight as when we started a few days ago. Although we made some small mistakes, our overall performance was very good, said PyeongChang gold medalist Wang Haitao.At the National Indoor Stadium, despite an 11-0 loss to the United States in the Para ice hockey semifinal, China still made history as they became only the third Asian team to make the semis at the Paralympic Games after Japan at Vancouver 2010 and South Korea at PyeongChang 2018.China will face South Korea for bronze on Saturday. We will do our best and try to win the game, said goalkeeper Ji Yanzhao.Josh Pauls (R) of the United States vies with Shen Yifeng of China during the Para Ice Hockey semifinal at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, March 11, 2022. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)Zhang Mengqiu of China took her second gold at the Beijing Winter Paralympics in women's Alpine skiing giant slalom standing in one minute and 55.12 seconds, 5.83 seconds ahead of silver medalist Canadian Mollie Jepsen.The Chinese skier is looking forward to another gold in the women's slalom race on Saturday after taking two golds and two silvers. I have the chance to win a gold tomorrow. You can expect it, she said.China's Liu Mengtao also took his second gold after winning the men's Para biathlon individual sitting, follow...

A true sporting family: six competing at Para Games

BERLIN, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Despite the whole Aigner family's inexhaustible desire for sport, one member had to stay back home in Austria to look after the family farm.Irmgard Aigner didn't mind doing the important job looking after horses, chickens and other animals in Gloggnitz, 90 kilometers south of the capital Vienna.The left-behind daughter might not even be able to see all the competitions live, as most take place at night due to the time difference to her competing relatives over 7,500 kilometers away at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing. And farming requires getting up early.But Irmgard is well informed about her families' achievements and the enchanting story they added to the 2022 Beijing Games.Her brother 16-year-old Johannes Aigner's four medals - two golds, one silver and one bronze - rule the headlines in the Alpine nation. Other Aigners are yet to start in the competition.Father Christian, mother Petra, and their children Barbara, Veronika and Elisabeth are also part of the Austrian team.While father and mother cover the job of coaching and caring, the visually-impaired Johannes, Barbara and Veronika are all competing, with Elisabeth acting as a guide for her Veronika in all races.Barbara and Johannes are accompanied by guides Matteo Fleischmann and Klara Sykora from outside the family.As soon as one of the Aigners crosses the finish line, the family's council comes together to discuss the race.Most of the Aigner youngsters, who are aged between 16 and 23, have attended the same school in Austria.We parents are not good skiers, so it can't be us having passed on the talent to compete on snow, Petra Aigner quipped.It was the older sister that triggered the desire for winter sports among the younger ones. Guide Elisabeth, a policewoman, started skiing at just 22 months.We saw her doing that and all of us wanted to do the same, said double Olympic gold medalist Johannes.Since then, the Aigners have never looked back when it comes to snow and spo...

In pics: Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Matches at Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics

Wang Haitao of China competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and China of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)Zhang Mingliang (R) of China competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and China of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)Zhang Mingliang (R) of China competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and China of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Signe Falkenberg of Estonia competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Slovakia and Estonia of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Chen Jianxin (L), Yan Zhuo (C) and Zhang Mingliang of China compete during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and China of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Cai Yang)Ojars Briedis of Latvia competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between Latvia and China of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Mats-Ola Engborg (C) of Sweden competes during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between South Korea and Sweden of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Curling sticks are seen during the Wheelchair Curling Round Robin Match between South Korea and Sweden of Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Yanan)Katlin Riidebach (L) of Estonia greets Dusan Pitonak of Slov...

Beijing 2022 Paralympics aims to promote "accessibility mindset"

BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee (BOCOG) has called on promoting an accessibility mindset through its hosting of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.BOCOG spokesperson Yan Jiarong made the remarks during a press conference on Thursday as an accessibility mindset is an indispensable foundation.People already know a lot about accessibility in terms of facilities, Yan said. What I want to stress is promoting an 'accessibility mindset,' an indispensable foundation for promoting the cause of persons with disabilities and building an inclusive society.It is even more important and a more difficult task to remove such barriers in the world.An 'accessibility mindset' is very simple. Every one of us has an understanding and tolerant heart, and truly respects, cares and helps disabled friends so that they can better integrate into society, Yan explained.It is hoped that the Beijing Winter Paralympics will help change society's attitude towards the disabled, lead people to pay more attention to the improvement of the ability of people with disabilities, help them participate in social life on an equal basis, obtain better employment, education, medical care opportunities and constantly improve the sense of security, gain, happiness, she added.Yan also stressed that as it is stated in the Beijing 2022 motto Together for a Shared Future, together is the key.We have always been and will keep caring about people with disabilities, Yan said.

Decade of Miracles: A snapshot of China's cultural advancement

Hanyu Yuzuru of Japan and Bing Dwen Dwen perform during the figure skating gala event of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- What are the first names that pop up in your mind regarding which cultural phenomena or moments have impressed you most in recent years?Bing Dwen Dwen, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Mascot; The Battle at Lake Changjin, the all-time top-earning Chinese film series; The Three-Body Problem, the award-winning sci-fi novel trilogy by Liu Cixin; or anything else?The answer varies for different people. It's especially true if you examine the changes taking place in China over the past 10 years through a popular cultural lens.Indeed, even the pickiest of the China cultural observers would agree that with the country's victory in eradicating absolute poverty and achieving moderate prosperity also came noticeable strides in cultural advancement over the past decade.OLYMPIC MASCOTBing Dwen Dwen, a chubby giant panda cub in a hard transparent bodysuit, is a superstar from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.On the Games' opening day, over one million people flooded the official Olympics online store on Alibaba's e-commerce platform Tmall to buy Bing Dwen Dwen mascots and other merchandise, according to a report by Alibaba.The panda mascot is an example of a design with uniquely Chinese characteristics that integrates Chinese history and culture into the DNA of the design and transcends national boundaries and languages, according to its creator Cao Xue, who is with the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.Two weeks after the Games closing, Bing Dwen Dwen continues to be a smash hit.Fan Di'an, president of the China Artists Association, attributes the fact that Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon, the fluffy red lantern-shaped Paralympic mascot, have become cultural icons to the people's increased confidence in Chinese culture.Cast members of the ...

Sit skier fulfills dream to represent Denmark at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics

Adam Bording Nybo, now 21 years old, will be the only athlete at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics representing Denmark. After ranking No. 12 in the 2022 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup, he will now go on to compete in the Games’ slalom event.(Photo courtesy of the Danish Embassy in China)As a law student in Copenhagen, the Olympic debutant is excited to be qualified for the event: “This is incredible. Paralympics has been a dream for me. This is the biggest thing in parasport and it is amazing that I managed to get this far. ”Nybo was afflicted with the nerve disease Transverse Myelitis at the tender age of one, which causes low leg functionality. First introduced to sit skiing at the age of seven, he decided to become a top athlete from 14 years old.I have limited movement. I can go for a walk, but I can't run. I can do everything on a sit-ski, like going 110 kilometers per hour. I'm passionate about skiing. It gives me a sense of freedom and equality, said the Paralympian.(Photo courtesy of the Danish Embassy in China)With an active voice in the public domain, he has also given motivational presentations under the banner of “Follow Your Dreams,” where he has talked about his own personal life experiences while providing advice on how to keep one’s spirits up in the face of adversity.Since the Winter Paralympics started in 1976, Denmark has won six medals in total, most recently in 1998 at the Nagano Games, when Anne-Mette Bredahl won the gold medal in cross-country skiing. Beijing marks the 12th Paralympics that Denmark has participated in, with the Danish team getting ready for Nybo’s starting shot on March 13.

Feature: Beijing 2022 brings new level to global Para sports

YANQING, Beijing, March 10 (Xinhua) -- In the eyes of Netherlands coach Nicky Elsewaerd, the facilities at the Yanqing Paralympic Village and the National Alpine Skiing Center are the best of the last three Winter Paralympic Games.The facilities are perfect. Everything is good and acceptable. We have big rooms and big bedrooms. They have special bedrooms for athletes with wheelchairs. It looks like the organizers in China did a good job, said Elsewaerd.In addition to the venues and the Paralympic Village, the accessible facilities at the ongoing Beijing Winter Paralympics also received praise from Paralympians.At the National Alpine skiing center, wheelchair athletes can enter the venue either via cable car or transport buses.Before the Games opened on March 4, organizers added planks roads and non-slip pads to provide disabled athletes with greater convenience.The facilities are brilliant, I haven't seen anyone having any problems, said British para Alpine skiing participant Alex Slegg.Besides the facilities, the pandemic prevention measures also impressed Slegg, who is on his first visit to China.Everyone I have met so far has been wonderful, really friendly. It would have been great if we could go out to see more of the country, but we appreciate what's going on, and that the closed loop was necessary. I will just have to come back again, he added.Huang Chun, deputy director-general of BOCOG's office of pandemic prevention and control, said on Tuesday that all prevention and control measures had achieved good results.From the pre-opening of the Paralympic Games Village until March 7, 23 positive cases were found, of which nearly 80 percent were detected by the airport entry customs, accounting for the majority, Huang said.As long as we adhere to the effective closed-loop epidemic prevention management, we believe it will be a very safe event. It is completely consistent with what we expected before the Games, Huang added.Said Japanese para Alpine skier ...

Technological advancements to help lower the threshold for mass participation in winter sports

Statistics gathered together in a recently conducted survey indicated that China has realized the goal of engaging 300 million people in winter sports. However, admittedly, there is still much room for further development in the industry.Photo taken on Feb. 25, 2022 shows students from a primary school in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality practicing skiing during their winter sports physical education class. (Xinhua/Tang Yi)Sun Yanling, a ski enthusiast, who is also a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and chairman of the board at a cultural development company in Mudanjiang city, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, said that one of the topics that drew her attention is how to go about promoting winter sports in Heilongjiang.Though the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games has delivered major opportunities for the development of winter sports in Heilongjiang, there are still bottlenecks hindering the development of winter sports in the province that need to be solved, Sun pointed out.Sun disclosed that there are currently more than 130 ski resorts in Heilongjiang, and 90 percent of them are invested in by private companies. She also found out that there are inadequate supporting facilities for the ice and snow industry, and industries related to the ice and snow industry are developing slowly, which presents a situation that is unable to fully satisfy the needs of winter sports enthusiasts. In addition, due to a low level of popularization of winter sports knowledge and the fact that the ice and snow industry is not sufficiently market-based, the industry has failed thus far to achieve effective links with related industries and with its vitality still in need of a boost, Sun said.The problems encountered by Heilongjiang in developing its local ice and snow industry might be common challenges faced by localities throughout the whole country. Liu Kai, chief engineer of an ice-making machine research and development project for Beijing 2022, pointe...

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