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Shanghai International Circuit

The Shanghai International Circuit is a Chinese motor racing site, located in the Jiading district of Shanghai. It was the venue of the inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on 26 September 2004.

Cost roughly $450 million US dollars, the circuit was financed by a government-funded joint-venture company, comprised of the Shanghai Juishi Corporation, Shanghai National Property Management Co Ltd, and Shanghai Jia'an Investment and Development Co Ltd. Architects and designers began planning and visiting the site in the period of April and May 2003, and the area was transferred from swampland to international racetrack within 18 months with 3000 engineers working day and night.

In common with many other new Formula One circuits, it was designed by Hermann Tilke, and also features his trademark track feature - a long back straight followed by a hairpin turn. Current-generation F1 cars can easily surpass 300 km/h (186 mph) on the long straight between corners 13 and 14. The track layout also resembles the Chinese character Shanghai, in Chinese, 上 the first word in the name of the city Shanghai, and which also means 'above' or 'ascend'. This was an unintentional coincidence; Hermann Tilke was informed of the similarity on his first visit. One lap lasts 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometres). The whole circuit plus seating areas and other areas for spectators, covers a total area of 5.3 kilometers.

Other events held at the circuit include a round of the MotoGP world championship, the Australian-based V8 Supercar championship in 2005, attracting crowds of over 250,000 spectators, and also the final round of the A1 Grand Prix in 2006/2007.