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Written by @Damien_Marquez   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:04

WHY GO?

The Shanghai International Circuit (SIC) is one of the most exuberant tracks visited on the calendar. This Hermann Tilke designed track features an impressive main grandstand that is so tall, it makes the pit building look minuscule. The venue is easy to get to, it has outstanding facilities and most of all, tickets are very cheap.

Shanghai is China's most accessible city for westerners and a modern metropolis offering some fascinating sightseeing opportunities, good bars and restaurants. It is also just five hours away by train from Beijing, via a high-speed rail link.


Pit building, main straight and Grandstand A - Image: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.

 

CONTENTS

1 // Location and accommodation
2 // Money matters and ticket prices
3 // Which grandstand to choose
4 // Useful links to prepare your Shanghai trip

 

1 // LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATION

Getting to and from the circuit is very convenient whether by car, taxi or train.

The easiest way to go to Shanghai International Circuit is by using the Shanghai metro. It is affordable, quick, modern, clean and vending machines have an option for English.

From East Nanjing Road or People’s Square in the city centre, where most visitors are expected to stay, take a Line 2 train and change at Jiangsu Road for Line 11. This line has two branches and only the trains going to Anting stop at the Shanghai Circuit station. The exit of the station is about 300 yards from Gate 1 behind the main grandstand.

The journey takes about 50 minutes from Downtown Shanghai, and 90 minutes from Pudong International Airport.

A taxi ride from the most popular hotel locations is about 60 minutes away from the track, depending on traffic conditions, which can sometimes mean gridlock. Getting a cab back from the SIC after qualifying or the race might prove difficult and a train back to the city centre is probably a more reliable option.

There's a handful of hotels close to Anting and Shanghai Automotive City station (Crowne Plaza Shanghai Anting Golf). Check the links below.


Grandstand A - Image: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.

 

2 // MONEY MATTERS AND TICKET PRICES

As far as your budget is concerned, the 6 Hours of Shanghai will go easy on your wallet. Airfares, hotel, transport and ticket prices are relatively low.

Return airfares to Shanghai from:
- Kuala Lumpur $500 / £400 / €500
- London or Frankfurt $800 / £600 / €700
- New York $900 / £700 / €800
- Tokyo $600 / £500 / €500
- Sydney $1200 / £900 / €1000

One way metro fare to Shanghai International Circuit from:
- Downtown Shanghai ¥6 / $1 / 70p / €0.80
- Anting ¥4 / $0.70 / 50p / €0.60
- Pudong International Airport ¥9 / $1.50 / £1 / €1.20

One way taxi ride:
¥400 / $70 / £50 / €60 maximum from the city centre (inclusive of ¥100 / $17 / £11 / €13 road tolls)

Three night accommodation from: $200 / £130 / €160 for a good three star hotel

Tourist visa: $35 / £20 / €25 to $250 / £150 / €200 depending on your length of stay and your nationality

Grandstand A-High 2-day ticket: ¥200 / $33 / £21 / €24
Grandstand A-Low 2-day ticket: ¥180 / $30 / £19 / €22

 


Image: Shanghai JUSS Event Management Company Ltd.

 

3 // WHICH GRANDSTAND TO CHOOSE

Spectators are only allowed into Grandstand A. It is not possible to go around the track and watch the cars from different view points.

From the upper level, you can see the grid, pit garages and most of the track, except for the end of the long straight at Turns 14 and 15. The roof protects spectators from rain or shine and the facilities are very clean. The pit building hosts no less than six superscreens opposite the grandstand.

For a closer look of the cars, grid and pit lane, choose a seat in the lower level. The front of the grid is about mid way through the grandstand. You'll be closer to one of the videowalls but your seat might not be under cover.


Empty Grandstand H - Image: Toyota Motor Europe S.A./N.V.

 

4 // USEFUL LINKS TO PREPARE YOUR SHANGHAI TRIP

www.fiawec.com/races/6-hours-of-shanghai.html - Event information and schedule from FIAWEC.COM
www.jusstickets.com/jifenShop.aspx - general ticket sales from the promoter
www.fiawec.com/wpphpFichiers/1/1/ressources/Pdf/2013/rounds/07_6-hours-of-shanghai/LMSC-6h_of_Shanghai.pdf - VIP ticket sales from FIAWEC.COM

www.shmetro.com/EnglishPage/EnglishPage.jsp - Shanghai Metro

Booking.com - our reliable hotel reservation partner
www.energyhotel.com.cn/en/ - Jiazheng International Energy Hotel (five star / 200 yards from Anting station)
doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/china/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-huaqiao-kunshan-SHAKHDI/index.html - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Huaqiao-Kunshan (five star / 700 yards from Anting station)
www.998.com/eng/Booking/HotelDetails.aspx?HotelCode=171188 - GreenTree Alliance Shanghai Anting Subway Station Hotel (three star / within 1 mile of Anting station)

au.china-embassy.org/eng/ - Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Australia
ca.chineseembassy.org/eng/ - Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Canada
www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/ - Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UK
www.china-embassy.org/eng/ - Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the US

 

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