Advertisement of snow mountains and skiing is seen on one of the main roads in Chongli County, China, September 2015. In recent years, Chongli is trying to brand itself as "Davos of the East."
Chen Lanzhen, a villager of Taizicheng, goes into the field to harvest cabbage with the help of her brother Chen Hu on September 8, 2015. It was the last year of harvest for Taizicheng villagers before it was demolished to make way for venue constructions for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Taizicheng Villager Fan Youchang, 73, sits in his home posing for a picture in March 2016. He's lived in Taizicheng Village his whole life before having to move into Chongli downtown.
An emptied village house during the demolition of Taizicheng Village in November 2016.
Hu Guihua sits in bed knitting at her home in Taizicheng village, Chongli, China, September 2015. The house has been demolished by the end of 2016. Hu is one of the villagers who later refuse to agree on the government's compensation, and take the case to court.
Broken home decorations left on the floor in the aftermath of demolition at Taizicheng village, Chongli, China, November 2016. Taizicheng village is designated to be the location for the Olympic village for 2022 Winter Olympics.
A big symbol of Beijing’s bid logo for 2022 Winter Olympics stands in Chongli downtown center in March 2016.
Taizicheng Ice and Snow Resort is under construction in the background, with a white archway for a cemetery seen in the foreground, June 2019.
A worker takes a cigarette break at Genting Skiing Resort, Chongli, China in September 2015.
Skiers in a gondola arrive at the top of a slope at Galaxy Ski Resort in January, 2018. Chongli downtown, with all the newly built apartments, is seen in the background.
A snowboarder sits in a chairlift looking down at the slope in Wanlong Ski Resort in Chongli, China, January, 2018. Recreational ski and ski resorts started to develop in China around 2000. The number of ski resorts visits has increased dramatically in the past decade in China, from 5 million visits in 2008 to 19.7 million visits in 2018, according to China Ski Industry White Book published last year.
An advertisement board covered by pictures of the world's highest mountains in Chongli, China, in September 2015.
Saibei Ski Resort, built in the 1990s and now abandoned in Chongli, is the first ski resort built in northern China.
Artificial snow is being made on a slop next to a row of apartment buildings at Genting Resort, Chongli, China in January 2018.
“Chongli 2022” is an ongoing project about the transformation of Chongli after it was announced as host to most of the skiing events for the 2022 Winter Olympics. A small ski town with a population of 120,000, 300 kilometres from Beijing, Chongli now has seven ski resorts, and aspires to become “Davos of the East.” This photo project not only looks at how the Winter Olympics displaces local villagers, but also investigates how the local government and real estate developers use the brandname of the Olympics to promote skiing, in turn to push for tourism and excessive urbanization. This project questions the model of China's rapid urbanization and development that Chongli epitomizes.