Women's competition, Shanghai
From 26 May To 30 May 2004

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Shanghai, also called in short in Chinese "Hu" or "Shen", will host the Swatch-FIVB World Tour for the first time when the women’s China Open starts on May 26.

Situated in the middle of China's east coastline, the delightful climate of Shanghai with its four distinct seasons and population over 13 million will serve Beach Volleyball and the athletes well.

Shanghai’s inhabitants are said to be among the most hospitable and cheerful in the world and the city in which they live is both colourful and diverse. The many festivals which take place throughout the year can give a good indication of what is on offer to the visitor. The Shanghai Tourism Festival, the Longhua Temple Bell Striking on New Year’s Eve, the Longhua Temple Fair, the International Tea Culture Festival and the Orange Festival are among just a few of the many interesting experiences which are attracting an increasing number of tourists to the city.

If the thought of whiling away endless hours of your day shopping fills you with delight, then Shanghai may be well worth a visit, especially with China’s tallest building the Jim Mao Tower, which stands at 480 metres, overseeing every move. The Chinese city has often been referred to as a “shopping paradise” and all tastes, be they domestic or foreign, are catered for here.

For the culinary connoisseur, Shanghai also has plenty to offer with cuisine from all over the world found here. For example, should you favour food from France, Russia, Italy, England, Japan or India, you will find everything to your taste in “Shen”! Furthermore, the 16 styles of Chinese food can be tasted in any of the one thousand restaurants throughout the city.

It certainly makes for a great atmosphere and wonderful venue for all the different cultures and nationalities competing on the Swatch-FIVB World Tour.

Tournament website: http://www.beachvolleyball.com.cn/2004/index.php