It's more accurate to say, however, that the games will be taking place in Beijing, Yanquing, and Zhangjiakou. Yanqing (roughly 50 miles from Beijing) and Zhangjiakou (roughly 125 miles from Beijing) are to the northwest and closer to the mountains. The Opening and Closing ceremonies and ice sports will be held in the capital; all skiing events (with the exception of alpine) plus biathlon will be held in Zhangjiakou; and bobsled, skeleton, luge, and alpine skiing will be held in Yanqing.
What is Beijing doing to prepare?
As you can imagine, hosting the Olympics requires huge infrastructure projects. Since Beijing has already played host, however, some of that is already taken care of, which will lower costs. But China will still be building six new venues -- three were already planned for -- in addition to the six that were built back in 2008 for the Summer Games. Organizers plan to spend $3.9 billion on the Games.