Chinese curling fans will have the opportunity to watch the 2019 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Shenzhen ©WCF/Céline Stucki

The 2019 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships will be held in Chinese city Shenzhen from November 2 to 9. 

Playing host to the week-long event will be the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre, built for the 2011 Summer Universiade. 

It will be the fourth time that China has staged the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, with previous editions having taken place in Shanghai in 2013, Nanjing in 2011 and Beijing in 2007. 

Additionally, it will be the first international curling event to be held in Shenzhen, which lies in southeastern China.

"We are delighted that so many of our events this season are going to new host cities," Kate Caithness, President of the World Curling Federation (WCF), said.

"It’s my pleasure to confirm Shenzhen as the latest host of the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, which will qualify teams for the World Women's and Men's Curling Championships 2020, later in the season."

South Korea won the women's gold medal at their home Pacific-Asia Curling Championships last year ©WCF
South Korea won the women's gold medal at their home Pacific-Asia Curling Championships last year ©WCF

She added: "Shenzhen joins Helsingborg in Sweden, Krasnoyarsk in Russia, Wetzikon in Switzerland and Prince George in Canada as new host cities for World Curling events.

"I'm very much looking forward to taking our sport to a new location in China, where more people can experience curling for the first time.

"Particularly in light of the country's aim to have 300 million people involved in winter sports by the time the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Beijing, come around in 2022."

The Shenzhen announcement comes on the back of the WCF launching its very first social media channel in China – Sina Weibo.

With more curling events in China in the build-up to Beijing 2022, it is considered an opportune time for the WCF to enhance its communications capabilities in the country.

Last year's Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Gangneung saw hosts South Korea claim the women's title and Japan take the men's crown.