The Shanghai circuit, built in 2003 on the outskirts of the Chinese conurbation is one of the latest generation of racetracks. Shanghai is a combination of spectacle and technology. Spectacle because the 5,300-metre track is a lot of fun both for the drivers and public; technology because the structures have innovative features, such as the polystyrene foundations used to deal with the marshy ground.The circuit's designer, the German Hermann Tilke, designed spectacular grandstands like the giant lotus leaves at the end of the long straight after turn 13, which shelter the public from the rain. The majestic stands on the finish line are equally impressive, also overlooking the beautiful press room on the walkway that connects the ninth floor of the tower to the grandstands.The track is as beautiful as the facilities surrounding it, with its fast corners, straights, and abrupt decelerations. The design intentionally uses the Chinese character shàng (上), which means 'above' or 'climb' and is the root of the name Shanghai.