Around 800 fans witnessed the opening ceremony and the opening match. Newly promoted Chengdu Xingcheng Habitat beat Beijing Renhe 3-2 to bag a winning start.
Tuesday's stage winner Sam Bennett, who originally finished third, was promoted to second after Peter Sagan was relegated to last and punished for 13 sprint points for swerving from his line and blocking the late surge of Wout van Aert.
The ace claimed six ranking titles last season but failed to defend his world championship title in the season-ending tournament.
At the wrong end of the table, Elche, who did well to earn promotion through the play-offs, will expect to suffer, especially after replacing the popular coach Pacheta with Jorge Almiron, who has never coached in Europe.
Evergrande broke the deadlock in the 40th minute with a moment of magic, as Paulinho dribbled past several defenders at the edge of the box, unleashing a rocket that went beyond an out-stretched Wang.
In June last year, Semenya and Athletics South Africa filed with CAS after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it would introduce new regulations set to limit testosterone in athletics with "differences of sex development."
Florian Thauvin's close-range volley set up by Dimitri Payet in the 31st minute punished the defending champions to a two-game losing streak in the opening two weeks of the Ligue 1 campaign, the first time the capital-based club has lost its first two games in a season since 1984-1985.
Meanwhile, Nuremberg were able to reduce the arrears in the closing stages when Phillipp Steinhart converted a penalty in the 79th minute.
In the 28th minute, Harold Preciado's header was saved by Jianye's goalkeeper Wang Guoming, but Gao Lin knocked on the rebound to extend the lead to 3-0.
Among changes are the AFC Champions League East Zone matches, which had been planned to restart in Mid-October, are now scheduled to be played between November 15 and December 13, AFC said after its Executive Committee meeting.
The tournament which is part of the European Tour has been moved to 2021, returning to a March date which has been a tradition since the first Kenya Open Championship in 1967.