Organisers team up with Southampton's twin city

The Southampton Boat Show has teamed up with the Chinese Association of Southampton to launch the ‘Chinese Quarter’, an new attraction designed to give visitors a taste of Qingdao, Southampton’s sister city, in celebration of the forthcoming 2008 Games in Beijing.

Launched to coincide with the Skandia RYA Sail for Gold regatta, the ‘Chinese Quarter’ will show footage from the regatta at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and feature two Olympic Class boats.

Visitors to the Southampton Boat Show will be able to enjoy a host of spectacular Chinese activities including lion dancers, folk dancers, firecrackers and a display of Marshall Arts weapons. Visitors will also have the opportunity to sample authentic Chinese food.

Mike Enser, Marketing Manager at National Boat Shows, comments: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Chinese Association of Southampton. Both Southampton and Qingdao are synonymous with marine excellence and it is a real privilege to be able to bring both cities together to the Southampton Boat Show this year.”

Ping Hau, Chair of the Chinese Association of Southampton explains: “We are all looking forward to the 2008 Games and delighted to have the opportunity to share our excitement with everyone at the Southampton Boat Show.”

The Southampton Boat Show, Mayflower Park runs from 14 to 23 September. Kids aged 15 and under go free, and tickets are on sale now from www.southamptonboatshow.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline 0870 060 0246.