There's not a lot that even we can say to tie the capital city of the People's Republic of China in with the sport of skiing. The second most populous city in the most populous country on Earth, Beijing has been a center of culture, commerce, co-mingling for over 3000 years. It is a vast, beautiful, and overwhelming entity that sits at the head table in a gathering of the world's Great Cities. It's too huge for most people to comprehend, let along see all of. It simply is.
However, while there's currently little in the way of ski-associated imagery that pops into most peoples' heads when they conjure up an image of Beijing, FIS Freestyle is working to change that.
How? Well, in 2013-14, for the first time ever, the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour will bring the 'White Circus" to the center of the great Chinese city by way of a World Cup aerials competition to be held in Beijing National Stadium - also known as "The Bird's Nest."
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful outdoor stadiums on Earth, the Bird's Nest was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, as well as for many of those Games' biggest events.
However, while the architects of the incredible stadium likely planned for just about any eventuality, one could probably imagine that they didn't plan for a giant scaffold, snow, and jump set-up designed to send athletes on skis 7m into the air being erected at center field in the middle of December.
The Chinese aerials team has a long standing as being one of the greatest ever, and the competition in Beijing is sure to be a huge draw for the hometown fans. Whether through photos, video, or actual attendance at the event, this is one spectacle that every Freestyle fan should witness.