including existing ski resorts and some newly built projects, to host all eight Olympic snow sports
in 2022. The three clusters will be connected by a new high-speed railway, which will be completed by t
he end of this year. It looks beyond the Games to boost future winter sports tourism.
According to the organizing committee, all 26 venues for 2022 will be ready by June next year with the f
irst test event, a World Cup skiing series, scheduled to be held in Yanqing’s National Alpine Skiing Center in February.
About 90 percent of the earth moving work for the mountain center is now complete, and a 53-hecta
re forest reserve has been built nearby for transplantation of all the trees affected by the construction.
“The preparations are ready to step up to the next stage, from planning to
the readiness phase. Beijing is ahead in the race against time,” said Liu Yumin, dire
ctor of the planning, construction and sustainable development department of the 2022 Olympic Organizing Committee.
The growth of manufacturing activity in China eased in April but remained within expansion territory, adding to the confidence that the country’s economy is stabilizing.
The purchasing managers index for the country’s manufacturing sector came in at 50.1 in A
pril, slightly down from 50.5 in March, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while one below it reflects contraction.
Senior NBS official Zhao Qinghe said in a statement that factory activity continued a steady ex
pansion in April, with the subindexes for production and for new orders standing respectively at 52.1 and 51.4. T
he readings are slightly lower than those in March, but they are higher than the average performance of the first quarter.
“Market demand is driving a stable growth in production,” Zhao said, adding strong growth in e
merging industries, such as high-tech and equipment manufacturing, also contributed to the steady performance.