Whether you fancy a night in one of the world’s highest hotels, or a stroll through the streamlined art-deco district, along with the world-famous Bund or atmospheric and leafy boulevards of the French Concession, Shanghai has something for everyone. Though it’s most alive at the end of the day when the local population pours out of offices, food is the centre of social life and the culinary scene is wide-ranging and engaging.
Many people visit Shanghai purely for the shopping experience. But if you would rather enjoy the renowned culture, art galleries offer contemporary local art and acrobatic shows are always close at hand.
Previous winners here include Harrie Smolders (NED), Marco Kutscher (GER) and Gregory Wathelet (BEL), but who can tame the dragon in the heart of Asia this year?
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Sunday 5th May
*What does this all mean?
Each Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL event can be separated into two categories - CSI 5* and CSI 2* classes. The CSI 5* is the top level competition, where the top-ranked riders in the world will compete for the highest prize money, over the biggest fences - up to 1.60m which is the highest in the sport. The CSI 2* classes are slightly smaller in height, and offer opportunities for many local athletes as well as international rising stars.
The GCL is the team competition, where riders unite like never before to compete for points in the overall Championship. All roads lead to the GC Prague Playoffs, which will see 16 teams compete in the GCL Super Cup this November, so every point counts over the course of the Championship calendar.
The Longines Global Champions Tour is the individual Championship, with the world's best battling for the LGCT Grand Prix win. This offers the biggest prize money of the weekend, valuable Championship ranking points, and a win would mean they qualify for a place in the GC Prague Playoffs, where the Longines Global Champions Super Grand Prix will take place. This will see the winners of each Grand Prix throughout the season return for a final locking of horns, to see who will come out on top after another electric season on Tour.