According to the Xinhua news agency, Chinese administrators are planning to radically increase the number of tournaments staged in China.
“We are working on bringing ten main tour events to China,” said Zhang Xiaoning, director of the Multi-ball Games Administrative Centre.
This seems absurd in the short term, but such is the snooker boom in China that a few years down the road it may not be that fanciful.
Negotiations are well advanced for a ranking tournament in Shanghai next season and there are hopes for invitation events as well.
“The China Open is a door for Chinese players,” Zhang said. “Playing against the big names helps them know where they are going to go and how good they can be. They are on their way to becoming professionals.
“Everybody sees their improvement. It has given us the confidence to increase investment in the sport and import more international tournaments to China.”
Players are slowly coming round to the view that China is where it's at.
There is money to be made not just in tournaments but also from exhibitions and personal appearances.
The professional circuit has been a rather cosy, largely British dominated entity for 30 years but times appear to be changing.