China's Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan has visited Chongli to inspect the competition zone that will be located there during the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing.
The district, located about 240 kilometres northwest of Beijing in Hebei province, will play host to most of the skiing events at the event in three years' time as part of the Zhangjiakou cluster.
Venues in Chongli include the Kuyangshu Nordic Center and Biathlon Center and the Genting Snow Park.
During the two-day inspection, Sun observed the construction of venues and supporting facilities there.
She also listened to a report on preparations, inspected the training of national ski teams and spoke with the athletes.
"It is one of China's priorities to organise the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics successfully," Sun was reported as saying by China.org.cn.
"I hope everyone can carry forward a positive sporting spirit and the Olympic spirit, and work hard towards the target."
Attention all #snowboard fans! The 2018-2019 FIS Snowboard Parallel World Cup kicks off this weekend in Chongli, Zhangjiakou. Some of our staff are already there, looking to gain as much experience as possible in readiness for #Beijing2022! 💪🏻🏂 @fissnowboard pic.twitter.com/xiJKhhLkAP— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) February 22, 2019
In August of last year, Wang Biao, Chongli's Party secretary, promised the area would not miss the chance to capitalise on the Olympics and Paralympics being on their doorstep.
"The 2022 Winter Olympics marks a new beginning for Chongli," Wang told Yicai Global.
"We will build a winter resort by hosting the Games and promoting and popularising the winter travel and sports sectors."
Chongli is scheduled to host an International Ski Federation Snowboard World Cup this weekend at Genting Resort Secret Garden.
Parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom events are scheduled to be held tomorrow and Sunday (February 24) respectively.
Sun has previously urged athletes from China to learn from more established winter sports nations to ensure they perform at their best at Beijing 2022.
Having recently met with athletes from various national Winter Olympic sports teams, including those in short track speed skating, figure skating and curling, she said they should take full advantage of competing in major international sports events in the build-up to the Games to improve their chances of success.