Following the handover ceremony in Athens, the Olympic flame arrived in China on October 20, making Beijing the first host city ever to welcome the flame for both the summer and winter editions of the Olympics Games.
The Olympic flame arrived at Beijing Capitol Airport at around 7 a.m. local time in a safety lantern, inspired by an ancient Chinese lamp called “Changxin”, signifying light and hope. Following a brief ceremony at the airport, the flame was then transported to Beijing Olympic Tower for an official welcoming ceremony.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and measures in place to strictly follow prevention and control requirements, the format of the Olympic Torch Relay has been adapted. The Olympic flame will travel to different areas of the country known for their history and culture of ice and snow sports.
There will be a traditional Olympic Torch Relay for the three days prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on 4 February. The Olympic flame then will be carried by approximately 1,200 torchbearers in the Beijing, Zhangjiakou and Yanqing competition zones.
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