Well, all the players seem to have arrived, and the excitement is building. The captains' meeting has been held, the tables are ready, the scoring system is installed, the VuGraph cameras are ready to roll and I will shortly be going to get changed for the opening ceremony and then the championships will officially be rolling !
It seemed last night as though we were starting to celebrate - I went out for dinner with friends, to a riverside restaurant and suddenly the sky lit up with a fabulous firework display ... it seems there is a national holiday approaching, so it wasn't really to welcome us, but it felt like it. The Chinese are famous for their fireworks of course, and these were no exception. I wasn't really prepared, but managed to get this snapshot to remember it by. The dinner was great as well (Spanish Tapas !) and we had a lovely evening.
The first bulletin should be on the WBF website tomorrow all ready for you to download and read over breakfast - I have put a page of links to sites with information about the championships (results, bulletins, online vu-graph and so forth) - click here to go to it.
I will try and get some pictures from the Opening for you so ... watch this space !