THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER 2017 International Challenger Quanzhou
From 03/20 to 03/26
Money prize: $ 50,000
Surface: Hard outdoor
Tournament location: Quanzhou Blossom Garden Tennis Center – Blossom Garden, Fengze District, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, 362008, China, P.R.
Main players: Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) – Roberto Carballes Baena (Esp) – Yuki Bhambri (Ind) – Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) – Duckhee Lee (Kor) – Luca Vanni (Ita) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Maximilian Marterer (Ger) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita)
THE TOWN: Quanzhou is one of the most ancient town of China and the largest town of Fujian Province with over 6 millions inhabitants. Lonely Planet introduces the town these words: “The role of Quánzhōu (泉州) as an integral part of the maritime Silk Road during Song and Yuan rule is still felt in the city’s architecture, cuisine and ethnic diversity. Today it’s a handsome, if grossly undervisited place – due partly to the lure of nearby Xiàmén – but what Marco Polo described in the 13th century as ‘one of the two ports in the world with the biggest flow of merchandise’ does not easily fade away. Wandering Quánzhōu’s ancient stone streets and temples of many faiths creates a rare sense of timelessness in urban China. Hints of a rich Islamic and maritime past are readily visible, and the atmosphere at times feels like a city further west. There are also easy day trips from here to the fascinating historic villages of Chongwu and Xunpu which have long faced out towards the sea.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF QUANZHOU:
- Kaiyuan Temple
- Lao Zi Statue
- Qingjing Mosque
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Quanzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel. Excellent **** hotel located in the Licheng District neighborhood in Quanzhou, 100 m from Quanzhou Fuwen Temple and 300 m from Quanzhou Qingjing Mosque. Business center is available for customers. The price for a 22 mq2 standard double room is $ 46 per night with good breakfast included.
- Quanzhou C&D Hotel. Very good ***** accomodation rated 8.5 on Booking and top located in Quanzhou. Boasting an indoor swimming pool, soothing massage services, meeting and banquet facilities as well as 3 on-site dining options. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. Free public parking for customers. A modern 28 mq2 superior twin room costs 99$ with breakfast.
- Wanda Vista Quanzhou. Wonderful ***** hotel considered the top in town either by Booking or TripAdvisor. Facing the Jinjiang River, it is located in the heart of Quanzhou, just a 2-minute stroll from Wanda Plaza. It features an indoor pool, a fitness centre and modern accommodation with free internet access. Hotel provides babysitting, currency exchange, concierge services and free public parking. To try the tasty onsite Zhen chinese restaurant. An enormous deluxe king room costs 115 $ per night with free cancellation.
Enjoy this new tennis trip!