Shanghai International Circuit

Shanghai International Circuit is located in the northeast of Anting Town, Jiading District, 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the city center, 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from Hongqiao Airport and 55 kilometers (34.2 miles) from Pudong Airport. It is where the Formula 1 Grand Prix in China is held. Covering an area of 5.3 square kilometers (1,310 acres), it comprises the circuit area itself, a business exhibition area with shopping mall and racing car exhibition hall, leisure zone including fitness facilities, cinema, pub, and hotel, and an area reserved for future development.

Shanghai International Circuit mainly includes track, grandstand, pits area, commanders' tower, press center, restaurant, living zone and administration building.


The track is 5,961 yards (5,451 meters) long, consisting of Formula 1 track and other types of tracks. It altogether has seven left turns and nine right turns with the longest straight track measuring 1,175 meters (1,285 yards) and located between Turn 13 and Turn 14. The average width is 13-15 meters (14-16 yards) and the largest width is 20 meters (22 yards) at Turn 14 and 15. The average speed allowance is 205 kilometers (127 miles)/hour while the highest speed allowance is 327 kilometers (203 miles)/hour. The Formula 1 Grand Prix in China is held right on the track. First held in 1950, the Formula 1 (FIA Formula 1 World Championship) has developed into the world's highest-level motor racing competition and one of the world's top three sporting events together with the Olympic Games and the World Cup. It is usually held annually from mid-March to end-October with 16 to 17 races. The champion driver and racing team of the year are those who get the highest accumulated points in that year. Famous drivers include Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna while the most famous racing teams are Red Bull Racing, Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes AMG, Sauber, and Williams.


It is divided into main grandstand and secondary grandstand.

The main grandstand consists of upper floor, lower floor, VIP zone, commentary booths and a square. The upper floor is about 400 meters (437 yards) wide with a height of 15 meters (51 feet) to 27 meters (89 feet). This is the only site from where to enjoy the panorama of the circuit. Here, viewers can see great starts at a close distance, exciting turns, live broadcast on six giant screens, situations in the pits area, sprints at the finish and winners spraying champagne on the podium. The lower floor is also 400 meters wide with a height of 2.7 meters (9 feet) to 12 meters (40 feet). Its straight-line distance to the track is less than 10 meters (11 yards); hence viewers in this area can see preparation works of speed drivers and the great moment when the cars shoot away from the starting lineat close range. Made of 24 different-sized rooms, the VIP zone can host 1,120 viewers. All the rooms are equipped with balconies and have great views. The 40 commentary booths are located on the upper part of the stand. The square is situated in front of the main grandstand. Covering an area of 20,000 square meters (5 acres), it can be used for cultural events, exhibitions, business activities and entertainment.

The secondary grandstand is the most distinguished architecture of the whole grandstand, roofed by 26 lotus-shaped umbrellas made from a unique membrane. It is divided into several zones that can hold 20,000 spectators at the same time. Zone H and K are located at the end of the longest straight track, facing Turn 14, the narrowest and most dangerous turn. Here, spectators can see how racers suddenly reduce the speed from 327 kilometers (203 miles) /hour to 88 kilometers (55 miles) /hour while taking the turn. Besides, it is also a great overtaking point. However, any tiny mistake could result in the car coming off the track. Zone B covers Turns 1-4. With a radius decreased to 32 meters (35 yards) from 103 yards (94 meters), and a land drop of 11 meters (37 feet), it is one of the most challenging sections of the track. Zone C and D are facing Turns 5 and 6. With an angle of approximately 180 degree, Turn 6 is also a great overtaking spot. Zone E is opposite a succession of spiral turns, where spectators will appreciate how drivers brake hard at Turn 11, smoothly pass Turn 12, and skillfully speed up to travel through Turn 13, an exciting stretch. Zone G faces the longest straight track. It is a good choice for those who love high speed. The zone also covers Turns 9 and 10, and the repair zone. Grassland F also faces the longest straight, where cars whirr by at a speed of nearly 300 kilometers (186 miles/hour). Grassland J faces Turn 14 and Grassland N Turn 6 where exciting and skillful turns can be watched.

Pits area:

It is opposite the main grandstand. The lower part has 36 garages, where racing cars are parked, repaired and checked. The upper part has VIP rooms, where spectators can observe the grid.

Commanders' Tower:

On the first floor is the commanding room, where commanding officers direct the race according to signals from 44 cameras set along the track. On the second floor is the calculating room where the equipment can calculate the time as precisely as 1/10,000 second.

Press Center and Restaurant:

This symmetrical building runs across the track, like a pair of spreading wings. The eastern part is a press center, which can host 500 journalists while the western part has a restaurant, which can serve 700 guests at the same time.

Living Zone:

It has 26 villas standing by a clear lake, each with an area of about 239 square yards (200 square meters). During the race, that's where drivers rest and dine. Outside racing times, they can be used for meetings and holidays.

Administration Building:

Symmetrical to the Commanders' Tower, it is the staff workplace on normal days.

 Note: The circuit is still open to the public on days without events, but visitors need to pay CNY 50 as the entrance fee.

How to Get to Shanghai International Circuit

1. Take metro line 11 to Shanghai Circuit station. Take exit 6 and then walk north to the site in five minutes.
2. Take bus no. Jiading 53, Jiading 70, Jiading 102, or Jiading 123, and get off at Shanghai Circuit Station.
Shanghai Bus / Metro Search

​See also:
 10 Cool Things to Do in Shanghai for Youngsters
 Shanghai Tourist Information for April - 7 Things to Do
 8 Unique Things to Do in Shanghai Only
 7 Crazy Things to Do in Shanghai for Adventurous Tourists

- Last updated on Jul. 29, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai International Circuit
Asked by Breno from BRAZIL | Oct. 02, 2017 16:41Reply
Days to visit Shanghai International Circuit
I’ve read that visits at the circuit are open only on weekends. Other places don’t say the same. Official website is not clear also. Do you know if it is open to tour on weekdays too? Thanks!
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Answered by Joe from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 12, 2017 02:56

Yes, it’s also open in weekdays.
Asked by Adrien from CANADA | Dec. 03, 2016 18:23Reply
Shanghai Grand Prix
If we have a grandstand ticket can we also go into the grass standing area? Thanks.
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Answered by Shasha from INDIA | Dec. 04, 2016 02:37

As I heard, it is ok to go into the standing area with the grandstand ticket. You can confirm further on the spot.
Asked by Adrien from CANADA | Dec. 01, 2016 09:32Reply
We will be going to the 2017 F1 race. Which general admission seating is preferable?
We presume we will have enough time to get there. Our flight arrives Pudding 5 a.m. and the race starts at 2. First we need to go to city centre to drop bags at our hotel. I believe we take Line 11 from there to track. Any tips please? Thanks.
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Answered by Ali from GERMANY | Dec. 02, 2016 01:13

Hi, dear! The Grass J Area would be preferable. It faces the most exciting hairpin, where cars are very likely to skid off the track. The fare is CNY 580 per person. You can book the ticket at the official website. Yes, the time is enough. You can take metro line 11 to the site directly. Have fun! :)
Answered by Adrien from CANADA | Dec. 02, 2016 23:55

Thank you for your quick reply. Regarding the Grass area general admission tickets you mention - does this mean you have to stay in this one standing area the entire time? The website says "feel free to move around the track and pick your spot to watch the race." I'm not sure what this really means. Which spot would you pick in order to see a speed section? Thanks again!
Answered by Ali | Dec. 06, 2016 00:04

As I know, you need to stay in the standing area during the race. The standing area is quite large, so you can choose one spot that you like the best. If you want to see the cars running at their top speed in front of you, you are advised to choose Grass F Area. It is very thrilling! :)
Answered by Adrien from CANADA | Dec. 06, 2016 08:56

Thank you everyone! The grass areas are now sold out so we have chosen grandstand H which I think will be a good vantage point and nice to have a seat, as we will not be taking collapsible chairs with us.
Answered by Ali | Dec. 07, 2016 00:13

Yes, grandstand H is a very good point. You will face the most exciting hairpin, so you can see the cars reduce their speed from the top to the lowest. Also there are big screens helping you catch any cream of the event. Have fun! :)
Asked by SueVA from CANADA | Feb. 27, 2016 16:04Reply
Should we stay in main Shanghai or Anting Town when coming for the Grand Prix?
We haven't been to the city. Would you recommend we stay close to the race track or in downtown?
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Answered by Helen from INDONESIA | Feb. 27, 2016 19:50

If for the Grand Prix, you are suggested to live in Anting Town, which is very near the race track. The town is near the Anting subway station, where you can take the line 11 to the race site directly.
Asked by Dan from CHINA | Jan. 23, 2016 20:30Reply
Is it possible to go onto Shanghai International Circuit just to run a lap on foot?
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Answered by Bill from USA | Jan. 24, 2016 20:22

Well, it is open to the general public only on January 1st for the New Year Run marathon race. On common days, you may not achieve running there.
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