The Federation of International Bandy (FIB) has awarded its 2018 Women's World Championship to Chinese city Chengde.
The decision was made at the governing body's Congress, which is taking place alongside the ongoing Men's World Championship in Sandviken in Sweden.
In addition, the Men's B-Group World Championship in 2018 will also be held in China, with Harbin selected as host.
The selection of China is seen as a major step forward for bandy's hopes of earning a place at the Winter Olympics, with capital city Beijing hosting the 2022 Games.
Bandy is a sport recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with FIB officials holding a meeting with the IOC last month.
They handed over a study which claims that bandy is the number two winter sport in the world.
The semi-finals of the ongoing World Championship will be played tomorrow.
Hosts Sweden will play Norway, with defending champions Russia meeting Finland.