Five cities interested in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics have submitted application files to the International Olympic Committee.
Beijing and Oslo head the list, which also includes Almaty, Kazakhstan; Krakow, Poland; and Lviv, Ukraine.
The application files provide an overview of each city's vision and concept for the Games.
An IOC working group will study the information and submit a report to the executive board, which will then select the official candidates. At that point, the chosen cities have until January 2015 to submit in-depth blueprints of their plans.
IOC members are scheduled to elect the host city at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in late July of that year.
Beijing is trying to become the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics.