This year, the 5th China Jinan International Winter Swimming Festival in Springs was held in 2 spots – Daming Lake and Taierzhuang (Grand Canal). More than 800 participants from 14 different countries took part in this amazing event. The following countries were represented: Finland, Latvia, USA, Argentina, Chile, France, Estonia, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, UK and Denmark.
The first spot of the event was the Daming Lake with a 300 meters swim. With cheers and laughter in the air, the local citizens gathered around the beautiful Daming Lake. Air temperature was -3C, water temperature was +5C. Swimmers could truly understand and experience the beauty of springs by swimming in the well-known Daming Lake.The second spot of the event was at Taierzhuang (Grand Canal). This spot was filled with swims on different distances – 50 metres freestyle, buterfly, breaststroke, head-up breaststroke, team relay swims and a 450 meters open water race. And this year was the first year, when an open water swimming pool was used. Temperature of air was -2C, and +5C in water. 46 international swimmers and hundreds of local swimmers competed in this event for a chance to place. It was a fierce rivalry is the least we can say. The oldest participant was 80 years old, while the youngest was 18 years old.China Jinan International Winter Swimming Festival in Springs has been successfully held for 4 years since 2012, becoming an international winter swimming event with most and highly specialized contestants from home and abroad. Tourism brings various cultures together and sports bring people around the world together. China Jinan International Winter Swimming Festival in Springs is a harmonious integration of tourism and sports, becoming a platform to introduce Jinan to the whole world.