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The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing have arrived and with them comes what is sure to be the highlight of an opening ceremony.

Beijing is becoming the first city to host both Summer and Winter Games and judging by the opening ceremony hosted by the Chinese hosts for the 2008 edition of the former, we are in for a treat .

Some preliminary actions for the Games are already underway, but the Winter Olympics do not officially open until the opening ceremony itself.

So here’s everything you need to know…

When is the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics?

The opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will take place on Friday, February 4.

The first events of the Games – including the first rounds of the mixed doubles curling and ice hockey tournaments – start earlier, Wednesday and Thursday.

What time is the Beijing Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and how long will it last?

The ceremony is due to begin at 12:00 GMT and has a tentative duration of around one hour and 40 minutes, although these events tend to run longer.

Where is the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics taking place?

The ceremony will take place at Beijing’s iconic National Stadium, better known as the Bird’s Nest, which also hosted the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

During these Games, the stadium will also be the venue for the closing ceremony.

What can we expect from the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics?

World-renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou, who directed the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, is once again in charge of directing the ceremony, but says this show will be “different and unique”.

The show will feature around 4,000 performers, but is expected to be scaled back from the incredible show in 2008, due to cold weather and the pandemic. Organizers have yet to announce who will light the Olympic torch.

Will there be fans at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics?

No tickets for the Games have gone on general sale due to Covid-19 restrictions, with organizers announcing in January that they would instead use a “tailored program which will invite groups of spectators to attend. during the Games”.

Many host countries and foreign dignitaries are expected, but Britain, Canada, the United States and Australia are among the countries staging a diplomatic boycott of the Games over human rights violations.

Who will carry the Team GB flag at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics?

Team GB has yet to announce its flag bearers for the ceremony. In 2018, skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold carried the flag before defending her Olympic title.

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