At 18:00 on January 20, 2016, the 13th National Winter Games hosted by the General Administration of Sport of the People's Republic of China and hosted by the People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was grandly opened at the Ice Sports Center in Urumqi, Xinjiang. The people's government of the Uygur Autonomous Region called for a donation of 1 million yuan for the tournament. Chairman Xu Niansha wrote a message for the competition, expressed his good wishes for the 13th Winter, and arranged the local enterprises to actively do volunteer work, fully support the 13th Winter, and support the development of sports in Xinjiang. The person in charge of Xinjiang Branch of the company's subsidiary energy company attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Games.
The chairman of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Xuekeliti Zakr, presided over the opening ceremony. Zhang Chunxian, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, secretary of the Party Committee of the autonomous region, chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 13th National Winter Games, and Liu Peng, director of the General Administration of Sports, addressed the Winter Games.