With an eye to winning medals at the Asian Games, the Hong Kong Rowing Association has accepted an invitation to take part at October's All China Rowing Championships in Shanghai. The SAR's Asian Games squad - members of which will be selected by October - will take part in the exercise that coach Chris Perry describes as 'vital' to testing the strength of the opposition. For it is China who will be the main stumbling block in Hong Kong's bid for medals' glory at December's Asian Games in Bangkok. 'We are confident of picking up two or three medals, but the question will be 'of what colour?',' Perry told Sports Post. 'The big question is China.' With the 'China question' in mind, Perry and the Rowing Association had no qualms about taking part in the country's national championships. Perry says it will be a huge blessing. For not only will it give him a sneak preview of what to expect in Bangkok, but it will also provide his rowers with an ideal buildup, as it comes just a few weeks before the Asian Games. 'We are lucky, for apart from China, we will be the only other Asian team to have a competitive build-up at the time,' said Perry. The visit to Shanghai will cap an intensive overseas buildup which begins this weekend when Perry leads a six-strong squad to Italy for a 16-day training-cum-competition stint. The squad will be comprised of male scullers Lo Sing-yan, Lui Kam-chi, Lo Yan-chak and Chau Fung-yau, as well as the female duo of Fenella Ng Kar-loc and Lene Hansen. While the others will return home in mid-May, Perry and Fenella Ng will go to Munich where the SAR's top Asian Games hopeful in the women's lightweight singles will take part in the first leg of the World Cup. 'Fenella is our main hope and she will probably also take part in the third leg of the World Cup in Lucerne in mid-July,' said Perry. In June, a full-strength squad will go to Japan for the All-Japan Championships. Around that time, Perry says he will know who will be representing Hong Kong at the Asian Games. The next stage of Hong Kong's buildup will be the World Championships in Cologne, Germany, where the Asian Games squad will represent Hong Kong. 'We have a busy schedule before the Asian Games. It will end in Shanghai,' said Perry. 'Yes we are medal contenders and Fenella will be spearheading that push.'