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2019 Sports Events in China

2019 Sports Events in China
By Mary Lewis

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China has a long history of excelling in sports; that is why it is not surprising that they hold numerous sporting events in the country. Building China into sport鈥檚 power is part of China's goals of rejuvenating their nation.

 

With the surge of government investment in the sport鈥檚 industry and the growth of recreational sport鈥檚 towns, China has evolved to be a popular contender in the aspect of competitive sports. Meanwhile, there are still a couple of traditional games which are also beautifully executed in China.

 

Here are some of the sporting events to be held in China in 2019 which you can enjoy.

 

1. Hangzhou Xixi International Dragon Boat Race

The Hangzhou Xixi International Dragon Boat Race will be held during the Dragon Boat Festival on June 7, 2019, in the Xixi National Wetland Park (West of Hangzhou City). Not only can you cheer your favourite team during the race, but you can also watch traditional performances happening in the park, such as Chinese operas and the singing of Chinese folk songs. Food lovers also look forward to the zongzi making contest, a competition featuring the sticky rice dumpling.

TP 201904 COVER 022. Great Wall Marathon 2019

Joining the Great Wall Marathon is among the bucket list of many foreign runners. Named as one of the world's hardest, yet most scenic races, the full marathon tests your endurance to complete 26.2 miles in a 10,000 ft of elevation in the course of uneven steps, rubble paths and steep ascents.



Great Wall Marathon started way back in 1998 and has been held annually ever since. This year the Great Wall Marathon will be held twice, on May 18th and another one in autumn, on October 27th, 2019.

TP 201904 top 013. X Games China

For the first time in 25 years, X Games will be holding both summer and winter sports in one country, China. Aside from the sports activities, X Games will feature musical performances and art installations, giving you a festival experience. Hosted by ESPN (creator of X Games) and RENexstop Entertainment (action sports platform in China), it hopes to attract more than 100,000 on-site audience. Last year, about 119,000 on-site attendance was recorded.

 

Summer sports will start in late May in Shanghai with Skateboarding, BMX competition, and Moto X. Winter sports activities will start late November to early December.

TP 201904 COVER 034. Chengdu Police & Fire World Games

Police & Fire World Games is known as the Olympics of police and firefighters. With 70+ countries joining and over 10,000 athletes competing in 60 different sports, it has attracted around 30,000 families and supporters into the host city.

 

As Chengdu hosts this year鈥檚 games on August 5th-17th at Sichuan Lushang Sports Centre, the Chengdu Police is eager to add on to their achievement of 102 medals from their previous competitions so far, with 31 gold medals, 39 silver medals and 32 bronze medals.

TP 201904 COVER 045. 36th Weifang International Kite Festival

Considered as the birthplace of kites, the annual kite flying festival was first held in Weifang, Shandong in 1984. In the previous festivals, the event has attracted more than 100,000 international spectators, as they show support to over 10,000 kite flyers from 40 different countries.

 

Aside from kite flying competition, a series of culture and sports exhibitions take place throughout the festival. Expect a grandiose opening ceremony with lots of traditional dancing, acrobat shows and drumming. A closing ceremony is usually done with the awarding ceremony and a colourful firework show.

 

The 36th Weifang International Kite Festival will be held on April 20th-22th, 2019.

TP 201904 COVER 056. 2019 UDO Asia-Pacific street dance

Hear the music and join the beat as you watch the 2019 UDO Asia-Pacific Street Dance on November 2nd at Chongzuo City, Guangxi Province. UDO Asia Pacific is the largest international street dance organization, established in the year 2002.

 

It caters to crews or dancers ages 14 years old, up to 18 years old who compete for amateur, novice, and advanced levels. This year, the organization will be adding a new category, Ultimate Advanced, where beginners can choose to rival with teams from the advanced divisions.

TP 201904 COVER 067. Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival

Considered to be the grandest sporting event in China, Beijing International Long-Distance Running Festival is being anticipated all over the world. Celebrated annually, the course of the marathon starts at Tian鈥檃nmen Square and ends at the Bird's Nest Stadium. For athletes and runners who would like to take part and visit China at the same time, get the best of both worlds as the race track passes by some of China's most historical sites. During last year's marathon, about 20,000 runners participated from 32 different countries.

 

Register now for the marathon that will happen on September 15th.

TP 201904 COVER 078. Tour De Qinghai Lake Cycling Marathon

Imagine racing at a high altitude and amidst breath-taking cultural heritage sites. The 鈥淩ace in the Sky鈥 is what awaits cyclers who join the Tour De Qinghai Lake Cycling Marathon.

 

Started in the year 2002, this world-renowned highest altitude road cycling event has gathered more than 100 athletes every year and flocks of tourists, too. The track has a total distance of 1300 km, which reaches to an average height of more than 3000 meters above sea level. Cyclists will race the road of Qinghai province with the view of Lake Qinghai in the centre, giving them a remarkable experience.

 

Catch the cycling tour starting July 14th this year.

TP 201904 COVER 149. International Mt. Tai Climbing Festival

This year, the International Mt. Tai Climbing Festival takes place on September 7th at the Tai'an, in Shandong province.

 

Presently the best climb record stands at 56 minutes and 22 seconds for men and 1:08:33 for women. Getting to win bonuses of up to 610,800 yuan only increases the motivation of mountain climbers to deliver their best.

 

Tourists from all over would also be delighted to attend several activities, which also take place in the festival, such as the annual Mt. Tai International Music Festival, the National Fitness & Mt. Tai Climbing International Invitational Match, the Mt. Tai-Mount Fuji China-Japan Friendship Festival, and China (Tai'an) Investment Fair.

 

The festival started way back in 1987 and has been celebrated annually every September.

TP 201904 COVER 0810. Shangri-La Horse Race Festival

Also called the Litang Festival, this year鈥檚 Shangri-La Horse Race Festival will be held on August 1st-5th. Most participants come from Tibet and camp out in the green pastures of Litang, making it the "City of Tents". Both locals and tourists would be regaled with watching horse racing, traditional equestrian performances, love song-singing competition and folk fashion show.

 

Meanwhile, it is also a good time to buy some Tibetan living wares and artisan jewellery that are being traded by Tibetan women proudly wearing their national costumes.

TP 201904 COVER 0911. 8th World Kung Fu Championships

Kung Fu is known to have originated in China in the primeval age and evolved during the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Now, this traditional sport is acknowledged, appreciated and practiced by martial arts athletes worldwide. A lot of Kung Fu competitions have been organized around the globe, including the World Kung Fu Championships.

 

Formerly called the World Traditional Wushu Championships, the 8th World Kung Fu Championships will be held on June 16th-20th in Emeishan, China. It will showcase different Kung Fu techniques and styles of kids and older masters-age practitioners.

TP 201904 COVER 1012. World Cyber Games 2019

With emerging technology today, it is not surprising that even sports are done online. The World Cyber Games, which started in the year 2000, is now the largest global electronic sports鈥 tournament. The so-called eSports Olympics are flocked by both onsite and online visitors, who also look forward to the entertainment programs and special talks that are happening alongside the tournament.

 

This year they officially announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Qujiang New District of Xi'an, China to hold the WCG 2019 finals from July 18th鈥21st, 2019. Players would first need to qualify domestic preliminary matches in each country to be able to compete.

TP 201904 COVER 1113. 2019 Round Hainan Regatta

Unknown to most tourists, China boasts also of its white sandy beaches and tropical rainforests, which can be found in the Island of Hainan. The island is famous for its long coastline in the Southern tip of the Hainan Island named, Sanya. To further promote tourism in this province, the General Administration of Sport of China and People鈥檚 Government of Hainan Province organized the Round Hainan Regatta on year 2010, and considered it as a high-end international sailing race. Last year, around 400 sailors from 42 teams participated in the event sailing around Sanya Serenity Marina with Lingshui, Wanning and Haikou as stopovers.

 

Sail away this year as you join the 10th Round Hainan Regatta to be held on March 15th until March 23rd. A grand prize money of RMB 300,000 awaits the winner! Or, you can simply relax in the beach as you watch the colourful sails drift in the shore.TP 201904 COVER 12

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