Attention sports fans: there are a ton of major events going on in Shanghai over the next few weeks. Here's a rundown of what's on in the world of sport this spring...
Following on from two wins against Kawasaki Frontale and Melbourne Victory, Shanghai SIPG face their next challenge in the 2018 AFC Champions League as they host Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea at Shanghai Stadium.
The 2018 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) playoffs officially kicked off last week. In the first round, the 10th seed Shanghai Sharks (20-18) are facing the seventh-ranked Beijing Ducks (25-13) in a two-game series. The Sharks won the first game up in the capital over the weekend — can they repeat to win the whole series? Find out as they host the Ducks at Yuanshen Stadium on Wednesday.
March 10: Shanghai SIPG vs. Shanghai Shenhua
In this Chinese Super League football game, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua face off against Shanghai SIPG as part of the Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League. Head to Hongkou Stadium to cheer on your team.
Shanghai SIPG continue their AFC Champions League Group stages run with a home game against Kawasaki Frontale of Japan in April. Two wins so far sees SIPG sitting pretty at the top of Group F.
April 13-15: F1 Chinese Grand Prix
Stars of racing converge in Shanghai for the annual China stop in the Formula One series. Michael Schumacher still holds the current track record at 1:32.238 minutes in the 56 laps race. The big race goes down on April 15, but there's a whole weekend of activities planned, with special family tickets also available.
April 22: Shanghai International Half Marathon
The Shanghai International Half Marathon returns for its fourth edition on April 22. Registration is open now and will close on Friday, March 9, so make sure to sign up for a spot while you can. Kicking off at 7am, the 21.0975 km race features unbeatable views of Pudong, with the course taking runners around the Pearl Tower, Lujiazui, Expo Park and the Oriental Sports Center. Simply put, it’s one of the best ways to see the city on foot. The entry fee for the race is RMB160 and there will be 15,000 slots available; entry will be done via a lottery system.
April 20-22: Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai 2018
The world’s premier show jumpers battle for big prize money and are jockeying for supremacy of the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), as it returns to Shanghai for the fifth year running.
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