When the city of Qingdao held the Olympic sailing event in 2008, it showed the world a spectacular side of itself, and it now wants to maintain that Olympic city image by becoming the Capital of Sailing.
The international reputation of Qingdao as China's Capital of Sailing was promoted by 1,300 participants from 20 countries and regions participating in the 16-day Qingdao International Sailing Week.
The 3rd Qingdao International Sailing Week takes place Aug 20 to Sept 4 in Qingdao, Shandong province.
As an iconic regatta of Qingdao International Sailing Week, "Mayor's Cup" Qingdao International Sailing Regatta (Weihai - Qingdao) 2011 set off on Sept 2 in Weihai.
The third Qingdao International Sailing Week kicked off Saturday evening, and over 1,000 sailors around the world will compete here in five events in two weeks.
More than one thousand of the world's top sailors and coaches from about 20 countries and regions will compete in a series of sailing events along the coast of Qingdao.
A sailing competition is held in Qingdao, Shandong province, in May. Chinese interest in the sport has grown following the 2008 Olympics and the Qingdao government plans to build the city into the "Chinese City of Sails".
The ISAF Extreme Sailing Series made its debut Wednesday in east China's Qingdao city..