A global city with a great cultural and historical heritage, Shanghai is a premier financial centre. Sitting at the mouth of Yangtze River, the city continues to prosper as a hub of commerce, media, finance, transport, fashion and technology. Being the world’s busiest container port, it was once a textiles and fishing town. The city’s attractions are varied and plentiful and include the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Bund. In addition to these there are a wide range of shopping malls, parks, theatres, religious buildings and museums. Among the more modern and world class attractions is the world famous Shanghai International Circuit.
Completed in 2004, the Shanghai International Circuit boasts the most challenging and advanced race track in the world. Surrounded by Outer Loop Highway, Hu Jia Liu Highway and Jia Jin Highway, the circuit is an impressive creation featuring an enormous paddock, garages and stupendous grandstands.
With an area of nearly 150,000 square meters, the main building of the circuit can accommodate almost 200,000 people. This building includes Team Houses, the Sky Restaurant, a Media Centre, the Administration Tower, the Pit Building, the Race Control Tower, Sub-Grandstands and the Main Grandstand.
Combining highly technical, very high speed straights and low-speed sections, the circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke. The two “snails”, are the circuit’s standout features and the entire circuit as a whole covers 5.3 square kilometres.
The circuit has successfully hosted the China Circuit Championship, the V8 Super Cars Series and the F1 Chinese Grand Prix, MOTOGP since its completion, showcasing the city’s ability in hosting leading international sporting events. This heavily contributed to the enhancement of economic development in the region as well as the country’s cultural-social communication with the world. Among other events held here were the final round of the A1 Grand Prix and the MotoGP world championship.
The traveller in search of a Shanghai luxury hotel should look to none other than The Langham Xintiandi Shanghai. Ideally situated in the city’s entertainment hub, this elegant rest offers some of the finest hotel rooms in Shanghai. With an innovative design and exceptional service, the hotel boasts a selection of unique dining options, a spa and modern fitness facilities.
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