Reigning world pairs champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han will make their first International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating appearance of the season when they compete on home soil at the Audi Cup of China in Beijing.
The Chinese duo are the top seeds in the pairs category for the event at the Capital Gymnasium in the Chinese capital, due to begin tomorrow and conclude with an exhibition gala on Sunday (November 5).
Sui and Han are expected to face tough competition from compatriots Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang, who are among the six teams hoping to defeat the world champions in Beijing.
Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar of the Czech Republic have been forced to withdraw from the event after Duskova suffered an injury.
"The Audi Cup of China will be our first international competition this season, we only competed nationally," said Han.
"I think we are in a good shape and we are looking forward to the event."
Gabrielle Daleman of Canada, the 2017 World Championships bronze medallist, is also set to participate in her first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the campaign.
Daleman is due to take part in a women's singles competition.
Four Continents champion Mai Mihara of Japan and 2015 world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia are among the other entrants.
Spain's Javier Fernandez is the top seed in the men's singles category.
Fernandez, a two-time world champion and who has also won five European Championships titles, will face China's Boyang Jin and Russia's Mikhail Kolyada
He will qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating final if he takes victory in Beijing.
The event, taking place at a venue due to host figure skating and short track speed skating when Beijing hosts the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, starts tomorrow with the first round in the respective disciplines.