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.”
TOP3ATTRACTIONS OF QUANZHOU:
Lao Zi Statue
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. Verygood ***** 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.
HotelVaishnavi. Very good *** hotel located which offers deluxe 30 mq2 double room from 32€ per night with free wifi, breakfast and parking included.
Hotel City Park. Nice *** hotel situated in the heart of Solapur . It features an insite restaurant and a terrace and offers cute deluxe double rooms at 39€ per night with breakfast, parking and wifi included. USEFUL LINKS:
Tournament Location: George R.Brown Tennis Center – Rice University , 77005 Houston, USA.
General information: Tennis club is far about 26.5 miles from Intercontinental Airport George Bush (40 minutes driving).
Past Champions: 2015 Michael Mmoh – 2014 Adam El Mihdawy – 2013 Jeff Dadamo
Top Seeded Players: Yuki Bhambri (Ind) – Tallon Griekspoor (Ned) – Jose Statham (Nzl) – Frederik Nielsen (Den) – Filip Peliwo (Can) – Rhyne Williams (Usa) – Connor Smith (Usa) – Luke Bambridge (Gbr) – Takanyi Garanganga (Zim) – Sebastian Fanselow (Gbr)
TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN HOUSTON:
WATER WALL PARK
HUSTOUN MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
Residence Inn by Marriott Houston Northwest/Cypress. Exceptional *** hotel located adjacent to North Cypress Medical Center. This hotel, rated 9.8 on Booking and featuring an indoor pool and gym, offers modern studio apartments of 28mq2 at 120€ with breakfast included, and free wi-fi connection and parking. Each studio has tis own fully equipped kitchen.
Emabassy Suites Houston-Downtown. Excellent **** hotel located at just 800 mt from city centre, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A fantastic king suite costs 204€ per night with breakfast, wifi and free shuttle service for Houston city centre.
JW Marriot Houston Downtown. Fabulous ***** hotel situated in the heart of Huston and 5 minutes driving from Discovery Green Park. Rated 8.9 on booking, it offers a fitness center, free parking and wifi connection. The price for a King double room with designer furnishings is 293€ per night breakfast not included.
Please notice that 17% taxes are not included in showed prices.