Inside the architectural wonder of the capital’s National Stadium, children on rubber doughnuts race in the snow. Teenagers and adults slide slowly down a ski slope. In the background, a band plays ’90s Chinese rock on a stage flanked by fake snow peaks.
The snow park is the latest effort to create a new life for the stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest. The “Happy Snow and Ice Season” will run all winter at the stadium where Chinese directors staged a stunning opening ceremony for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Now slushy mounds of machine-made snow and a single ski slope occupy the grounds.