THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 + WTA Premier Mandatory China Open
From 10/02 to 10/08
Surface: Hard outdoor
Prize money: $ 4,280,460 + $ 6,381,679
Tournament location: Olympic Green Tennis Centre – 2 Lincui Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Cina
How to get: The Capital International Airport is far about 26 km from tennis venue (30/35 minutes driving). Tiananmen Square is far 19km and 33 minutes.
Past ATP champions: 2016 Andy Murray – 2015/2014/2013/2012/2010/2009 Novak Djokovic – 2011 Tomas Berdych – 2008 Andy Roddick
ATP Entry list: Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Tomas Berdych (Esp) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Lucas Pouille (Fra)
Past Wta champions: 2016/2011 Agnieszka Radwanska – 2015 Garbine Muguruza – 2014 Maria Sharapova – 2013/2004 Serena Williams – 2012 Victoria Azarenka – 2010 Caroline Wozniacki – 2009/2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova – 2008 Jelena Jankovic
WTA Entry list: Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Simona Halep (Rou) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Karolina Pliskova (Cze) – Venus Williams (Usa) – Caroline Wozniacki (Den) – Johanna Konta (Gbr) – Svetlana Kuzentsova (Rus) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)
THE TOWN: Lonely’s writer Tom O’Malley tell us why he loves so much this town: “I love how Běijīng wears its many faces like opera masks. In winter, the lakes freeze as chill winds whip south from beyond the Great Wall, carrying with them the echo of Manchu rule. Come summer, Běijīng is all rolled-up t-shirts, icy beers and street-side lamb skewers. Then there’s government Běijīng, where socialist flowerbeds espouse civic harmony, factories power down and the sky beams a proud blue. Or melting-pot Běijīng, defined by the millions of migrants who make the capital tick. And lastly, my Běijīng. Of moonlit bike rides when the city sleeps, of breezy cafes and culinary quests, and wild rambles up among the Great Wall watchtowers.”
TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:
- The Great Wall
- The Forbidden City
- Summer Palace
- Tiananmen Square
- Temple of Heaven
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Nostalgia Hotel Temple of Heaven. Located just 2,5 km from Temple of Heaven, this very good *** hotel rated .7 on Booking offers modern accomodations with private bathroom, free Wifi and parking. On site you can find a bar/restaurant and a game room. For a twin room the rate is 81$ per night.
- Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing. Modern luxury can be enjoyed at this ****hotel rated 8.8 on Booking and situated within 2.4 km of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Guests can enjoy a gym with spa, a business center, the very good Oodle Restuarant and a lounge bar. The stylish rooms are equipped with a satellite Tv and tea/coffee making facilities. A superior 28 mq2 double room costs 99$ per night with with free wifi included.
- Rosewood Beijing. An artistic masterpiece of modern and old, this exceptional 5 stars hotel is a gem positioned in the central hub of Beijing. Walking through the lush garden and stepping inside, you may find a place full of surprises and enjoy attention-to-detail service. Free WiFi access is available. During leisure time, you may chill out in the beautiful garden, take a swim in the outdoor pool, relax with a spa treatment or join in a session in the gym. Luxury, classy designs, select books and tasteful pieces add artistic charm to each of the units. Featuring a walk-in wardrobe, floor-to-ceiling windows and a large bathroom mirror embedded with a TV, the carpeted rooms offer homelike comfort. A 45mq2 Deluxe King Room costs 234$ per night. Rated 9.5 on Booking!