Shanghai is the largest city in China and one of the largest in the world, with a population of over 20 million. Once called the 'Paris of the East', today it is at the centre of China's economic, cultural and commercial growth.
In the 1990s, the economic reforms in China resulted in an intense redevelopment of the city, resulting in considerable investment. With its position at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai now has the world’s busiest container port. In addition to traditional activities, service industries are booming, including catering, hotel, entertainment, tourism, real estate, media and information services and technology.
Shanghai, one of China’s most iconic travel destinations and one of the most spectacular cities on Earth, is a perfect location for the 2015 Laureus World Sports Awards. A popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks, such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yu Garden, as well as the dramatic Lujiazui skyline, it is a showcase for the booming economy of China. Shanghai mixes old world charm with a modern and vibrant city, perfectly blending the past and present.
Shanghai is home to many Chinese professional athletes, such as Yao Ming, Liu Xiang and Wang Liqin. Since 2004 Shanghai has hosted the Chinese Grand Prix cementing it firmly on the sporting calendar.
Shanghai annually hosts some of the biggest sports events in the world, including the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix and the IAAF Shanghai Diamond League meeting. In 2010, Shanghai also became the host city of German Touring Car Masters (DTM), which raced in a street circuit in Pudong and also holds the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament, and the BMW Masters and WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournaments.