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 alone 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 brought the 'White Circus" to the center of the great Chinese city by way of a World Cup aerials competition held in Beijing National Stadium - also known as "The Bird's Nest."
The Chinese aerials team has a long standing as perhaps the strongest in the world, and World Cup competition in Beijing is 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.
In both of the last two seasons the Beijing aerials event was a great success, with tens of thousands of fans on hand to witness the incredible action. The 2015/15 version promises to be just as good, as the now-annual Beijing aerials stop gains momentum and profile in conjunction with Beijing's bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Who and what to watch out for on the men's aerials World Cup the season
Who and what to watch out for on the ladies' aerials World Cup this season...
Nearly every event of the 2015/16 FIS Freestyle calendar to see US broadcast or stream.
Qi Guangpu and Xu Mengtao power China 1 to the top of the podium
Leaders of Chinese team step up in front of home fans
First-time event promises added excitement for fans and athletes alike