Red Arrows touch down for first ever air display in China

The Red Arrows have touched down in China ahead of their first ever air display in the country.

The acrobatic display team will take to the skies at Airshow China in Zhuhai, in the southern Guangdong province, as part of their 2016 Asia-Pacific and Middle East world tour.

The visit has been hailed as an opportunity to showcase the "best of British" and demonstrate the "strong links" between the UK and China.

The team, which is based in RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, will also visit schools and universities during their trip, in a bid to inspire the next generation of pilots and engineers.

Wing Commander Martin Higgins, Officer Commanding of the Red Arrows, said: "We're honoured to have been invited to perform at Airshow China in Zhuhai, and I hope the many thousands of people attending the event will enjoy the Red Arrows' precision flying, aerobatics and demonstration of the best of British in the air and on the ground."

The Red Arrows will visits schools and universities during their stay in China. Credit: PA Wire

Dame Barbara Woodward, Britain's ambassador to China, said: "I am delighted to welcome the Red Arrows to China.

"The team is renowned for excellence - its impressive displays and world-leading skills represent the best of British innovation.

"The Red Arrows demonstrate the engineering excellence and skills that are hallmarks of both the Royal Air Force and British industry."