Pingtan, the fifth largest island in China lies just off Fujians coastline 120 km from Fuzhou, 200km from Xiamen and 160 km from Taiwan. Given its close proximity to the latter its no surprise that it was announced a special economic zone in 2008 mainly to promote industrial development across the Straits. In addition, its 400 km long coastline, which twists and turns in an endless series of sandy bays and rocky peninsulas, was chosen by the central government to be developed in to a major tourist spot
A crucial step towards the development of the area was the construction of the Pingtan Straits Bridge. It connects the island to mainland Fujian and was completed in November 2010. The island has a total of 6 main tourist districts. Fujians largest lake, two fully developed beach resorts, 70 km of golden sand, and last but not least a sub-tropical climate with consistent winds, flat water spots and waves.
Pingtan Island is the most consisten and strongest wind spot in China and is rapidly becoming the most popular kiteboarding destination in China. The PKRA Pingtan Kiteboarding World Cup will make kiteboarding history by being the highest prize money event in the history of kiteboarding. $80,000 USD will be divided into the 4 official disciplines $55,000 for freestyle, $20,000 for Slalom, $4,000 for Big Air, and $1,000 for the long distance Twin Tip Race. There will be a lot at stake in Pingtan making the competition fierce.
Pingtan Kitesurfing Center is located close to downtown, which makes it a convenient location for kite surf training and an attractive location for kite surf competitions.
The late development of the area has made it very convenient to reach the Kitesurfing Center. Only one and a half hours drive from Fuzhou airport and only 45 minutes from Fuqing railway station.