1996 Asian Winter Games

The 3rd Asian Winter Games (Chinese: 第三届亚洲冬季运动会; pinyin: Dì sān jiè yàzhōu dōngjì yùndònghuì) were held from February 4 to 11, 1996 in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.[1] North Korea's Samjiyon was the original host for the games scheduled in 1995, but withdrew in August 1992. After the withdrawal, South Korea and then China submitted bids respectively. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to elect the host cities for these 3rd games and the next 4th games simultaneously. On December 2, 1993, The OCA announced that the 3rd games would be held in China in 1996 and the 4th games would be held in South Korea in 1999.

III Asian Winter Games
1996 Asian Winter Games logo.svg
Host cityHarbin, Heilongjiang, China
Events43 in 8 sports
Opening4 February 1996
Closing11 February 1996
Opened byJiang Zemin
President of China
Main venueBaqu Arena


  The 1996 Winter Asiad mascot is Doudou, a character inspired by the pea plant.[2]


A total of 43 events in eight medal sports were held in the Third Winter Asian Games. Figure skating was reinstated and Freestyle skiing was added to the program.

Demonstration sport only:

Participating nationsEdit

Names are arranged in alphabetical order.

Non-competing nations

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (China)

1  China (CHN)*1571537
2  Kazakhstan (KAZ)149831
3  Japan (JPN)8141032
4  South Korea (KOR)810826
5  Uzbekistan (UZB)0112
Totals (5 entries)454142128


  • 제4회 강원 동계아시아경기대회 공식보고서 (The 4th Kangwon Asian Winter Games Official Report) (in Korean). The 4th Kangwon Asian Winter Games Organizing Committee. 30 August 1999.

Preceded by Asian Winter Games

III Asian Winter Games (1996)
Succeeded by