Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

David Beckham plays soccer with children at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre last month. Beckham is so popular in China that about 1,000 fans stampeded when he arrived to visit Shanghai Tongji University, resulting in seven people being injured. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The heavens opened and drenched the already miserable Chinese national team supporters as they trudged home from the Workers Stadium in central Beijin(...)