The Shanghai International Circuit is a brand new motor racing venue, situated in the district of Jiading near Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. It was the venue of the inaugural Formula One Chinese Grand Prix on 26 September 2004.
In common with many other new Formula One circuits, it was designed by Hermann Tilke. The track layout was designed to resemble the Chinese character shang (上), the first word in the name of the city Shanghai, it also means 'above' or 'ascend'. 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 5.3km2.
Other events held at the circuit include a round of the MotoGP world championship, and the Australian-based V8 Supercar championship in 2005, attracting crowds of over 250,000 spectators.
From 2006 onwards, it will host a round of the A1 Grand Prix series, and is the last race on the A1 2006/2007 calendar.