ANCIENT HISTORY

On Thin Ice: When Dutch Traders Challenged the Qing Empire for Skating Glory

Historian Tonio Andrade recalls a mostly forgotten moment of 18th century Chinese diplomacy and winter sports history

MODERN HISTORY

Vanished Mountain: Zhangjiakou’s First Ski Resort

Opened in 1997, the Saibei Resort in Chongli county introduced China’s first generation of ski enthusiasts to the sport

SPORTS

From Boycott to Host: China’s Road to the Winter Olympics

How China went from boycotting the Games in the 1950s to hosting it in 2022, and how its athletes trained to compete

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SPORTS

Alpine Ambitions

TWOC’s first cover story of 2020 explores China’s plan to get millions involved in winter sports—and the realities on the slopes

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