Beijing:On Friday morning, the International Olympic Committee selected Beijing to host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, assuming that winter sports are still possible at that point. Beijing beat out the much smaller city of Almaty, located in southeastern Kazakhstan in the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains.
Beijing becomes the first city to host both a winter and a summer Olympics. That's because, historically, the Winter Olympics were held in wintry, mountainous places, and the Summer Games in more temperate climates. Until the Games became big business.
If you compare the qualifications of the two cities on wintriness alone, Almaty is both colder and more elevated than Beijing. The Chinese capital is close to mountains, but itself is fairly low.