10 - 13 OCT


Qingdao is a major city in the east of Shandong Province on China's Yellow Sea coast. It has the highest GDP of any city in the province. Administered at the sub-provincial level, Qingdao has jurisdiction over six districts and four county-level cities.

Lying across the Shandong Peninsula and looking out to the Yellow Sea, it borders Yantai to the northeast, Weifang to the west and Rizhao to the southwest.

Qingdao is a major seaport, naval base, and industrial centre. The world's longest sea bridge, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, links the main urban area of Qingdao with Huangdao district, straddling the Jiaozhou Bay sea areas. It is also the site of the Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest brewery in China.

In 2018, Qingdao ranked 31st in the Global Financial Centres Index published by the Z/Yen Group and China Development Institute, the other Chinese cities on the list being Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Dalian. In 2007, Qingdao was named as one of China's top ten cities by the Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at the 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum.[7] In 2009, Qingdao was named China's most liveable city by the Chinese Institute of City Competitiveness. In 2018, Qingdao held the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

Qingdao attracts many tourists due to its seaside setting and temperate weather and is well known for its European architecture, attractive coastal landscapes, and local folklore.

Popular attractions include mystical Mount Lao, Badaguan, Tsingtao Brewery Museum, and Zhongshan Park. With its abundance of natural beauty, the year-round schedule of international events and seasonal tourist attractions make China’s Sailing City an ideal tourist destination for both domestic and international travellers.

Wednesday 9 October
10:00 12:00 Registration
10:30 16:00 Technical Scrutineering
12:30 16:00 Engine Test Allowed
Thursday 10 October
09:00 10:00 Registration and Technical Scrutineering
10:00 11:00 Press Conference
11:30 16:00 Engine Test Allowed
12:00 12:15 Free Practice Freestyle
12:25 12:50 Free Practice Ski Ladies
12:50 13:20 Free Practice Runabout
13:50 14:15 Pole Position Ski Ladies
14:20 14:45 Pole Position Ski Division
14:50 15:15 Pole Position Freestyle
Friday 11 October
11:30 12:00 Riders Briefing
12:00 16:30 Engine Test Allowed
13:30 14:25 Moto 1
13:30 13:55 Ski Ladies
14:00 14:25 Ski Division
14:30 15:00 Pole Position - Runabout
15:00 15:30 Free Practice Freestyle
Saturday 12 October
12:00 12:30 Riders Briefing
13:00 17:00 Engine Test Allowed
14:00 14:55 Moto 2
14:00 14:25 Ski Ladies
14:30 14:55 Ski Division
15:00 16:00 Moto 1
15:00 15:35 Runabout
15:40 16:00 Freestyle
Sunday 13 October
12:30 13:00 Riders Briefing
13:30 17:30 Engine Test Allowed
14:30 15:25 Moto 3
14:30 14:55 Ski Ladies
15:00 15:25 Ski Division
15:30 16:30 Moto 2
15:30 16:05 Runabout
16:10 16:30 Freestyle
17:00 17:30 Prive Giving Ceremony
17:30 18:00 Press Conference
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