New Chinese destination for the race!
Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, after Beijing and Shanghai, and the largest city in Southern China, known historically as Canton and nicknamed the ‘City of Flowers’, is the capital city of Guangdong province in Southern China. Guangzhou is one of the major birthplaces of China's ancient ‘Maritime Silk Road’ and also hosted the Asian Games in 2010. Located on the Pearl River, about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong and 145 km north of Macau, Guangzhou serves as an important national transportation hub and trading port of Southern China.
Guangzhou's population in 2016 has now reached 17 million. Some estimates place the population of the entire Pearl River Delta Mega City built-up area as high as 47 million including Guangzhou's nine urban districts. Guangzhou is part of one of the most populous metropolitan agglomerations on Earth.
The hosting venue of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be at Nansha District, Guangzhou. Nansha is located in south-east of Guangzhou city, in a core position of Pearl River Delta and has an area of 803 square kilometers. It was established as a Pilot Free Trade Zone in 2015.
Nansha District, the only coastal district of Guangzhou has a lot to offer for visitors to Guangzhou. You can visit Nansha Wetland Park, where the best preserved habitats of mangroves can be found and Nansha Tianhou Palace, reputed as the ‘First Tianhou Palace under Heaven’ and the biggest Mazu Temple in south-eastern Asia, Guangzhou Lingnan Impressive Park, if you are interested in its culture beyond food and shopping, Guangzhou TV Tower, for a night view of Guangzhou city. Litchi Bay is the hinterland of the time-honored Xiguan City. Shamian Island was an important port for Guangzhou’s foreign trade from the Song to the Qing dynasty. From the 18th to the mid 19th century, the foreigners lived and did business in a row of houses known as the ‘Thirteen Factories’, which was then an anchorage for thousands of boat people. Guangzhou is rich in history and culture for all to explore.
The 13th edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Alicante (Spain) - more info here.