Beijing pulling out all the stops as host

A shop in Shougang selling Winter Olympics merchandise. Shops selling soft toys of the Games' mascots, stationery and souvenirs have also been set up in popular tourist areas elsewhere in Beijing. Shougang, a former industrial park in the once-pollut
A shop in Shougang selling Winter Olympics merchandise. Shops selling soft toys of the Games' mascots, stationery and souvenirs have also been set up in popular tourist areas elsewhere in Beijing. Shougang, a former industrial park in the once-polluted district of Shijingshan, has been rejuvenated as a testament to China's commitment to the Games, with the International Olympic Committee president calling it a "spectacular venue". The Big Air Shougang, which spans 164m, is the competition stage for freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics that Beijing will host in February next year. The ramp is also the world's first permanent venue for big air sports.ST PHOTOS: AW CHENG WEI
A shop in Shougang selling Winter Olympics merchandise. Shops selling soft toys of the Games' mascots, stationery and souvenirs have also been set up in popular tourist areas elsewhere in Beijing. Shougang, a former industrial park in the once-pollut
A shop in Shougang selling Winter Olympics merchandise. Shops selling soft toys of the Games' mascots, stationery and souvenirs have also been set up in popular tourist areas elsewhere in Beijing. Shougang, a former industrial park in the once-polluted district of Shijingshan, has been rejuvenated as a testament to China's commitment to the Games, with the International Olympic Committee president calling it a "spectacular venue". The Big Air Shougang, which spans 164m, is the competition stage for freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics that Beijing will host in February next year. The ramp is also the world's first permanent venue for big air sports.ST PHOTOS: AW CHENG WEI
A shop in Shougang selling Winter Olympics merchandise. Shops selling soft toys of the Games' mascots, stationery and souvenirs have also been set up in popular tourist areas elsewhere in Beijing. Shougang, a former industrial park in the once-pollut
A shop in Shougang selling Winter Olympics merchandise. Shops selling soft toys of the Games' mascots, stationery and souvenirs have also been set up in popular tourist areas elsewhere in Beijing. Shougang, a former industrial park in the once-polluted district of Shijingshan, has been rejuvenated as a testament to China's commitment to the Games, with the International Olympic Committee president calling it a "spectacular venue". The Big Air Shougang, which spans 164m, is the competition stage for freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics that Beijing will host in February next year. The ramp is also the world's first permanent venue for big air sports.ST PHOTOS: AW CHENG WEI

BEIJING • A gleaming, colourful 60m-tall "high-heel shoe" stands out against dreary construction sites in Shougang, a former industrial park in Beijing.

Big Air Shougang, which spans 164m, is the competition stage for freestyle skiing and snowboarding at the Winter Olympics that Beijing will host in February next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2021, with the headline 'Beijing pulling out all the stops as host'. Subscribe