From January 12 to 13, Daming Lake in Jinan, China welcomed almost a thousand winter swimmers from different parts of the world.
A total of 963 participants took part in this stunning event, 79 of which were not from China. A total of 31 countries was represented during the event, with Latvia and Belarus holding the title of the youngest swimmers, and Estonia took the lead from the other end.
This year the event was not just a part of our calendar, but it was also honoured to be the first event of the China-Finland Year of Winter Sport 2019. The agreement of the co-operation in winter sport was signed by the President Xi Jinping and President Sauli Niinisto.
On the days of the event, with cheers and laughter in the air, the local citizens gathered around the beautiful Daming Lake, sharing the happiness and passion of swimmers from all over the world. Swimmers could truly understand and experience the beauty of springs by swimming in the well-known Daming Lake. In the first competition, swimmers were divided into 6 groups of 21 heats according to age and sex. The first race of 300 meters started at Lixia Pavillion and finished at the north bank of the Lake. The other swims were raced in a beautiful 25 m and 8 lane pool built in the Lake. Competition included speed swims in 25m, 50m, 100m of different swim styles and relay team swims of 4x25m, 4x50m and a performance swim with quick dip for the ones who just wanted to make it. Visitors and local citizens enjoyed watching the wonderful performances.
Winter Springs-Swimming International Invitational of Jinan, China and IWSA World Cup Promotional 2019 has been successfully held for 7 years since 2012, becoming an international winter swimming event with most and highly specialized contestants from home and abroad. Both IWSA and Jinan Swimming Association have attached great importance on the festival. This time, President Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen of IWSA made her 6th visit to Jinan to take part in the grand event. Jinan Swimming Association fully recognized the event, regarding it as the most standard and the most widely participated international winter swimming event in China. On the opening ceremony, IWSA awards Jinan Daming Lake “World Winter Swimming Attraction” and International Winter Swimming association is looking forward to a long term future co-operation with Jinan. We trust that more and more people can be attracted to winter swimming in Jinan by the unique beauty of springs.
Spring Tour is the leading product of Jinan’s tourism. Jinan Tourism Administration has launched various events based on springs to promote the tourism industry. In summer time there are tours in 72 famous springs and in winter time we have international winter swimming festival, taking our advantage into full use. As a key international tourism event, winter swimming in springs can highlight the concept of health tourism in winter. Combining winter swimming that enjoys a worldwide popularity and spring tour together can bring new energy into traditional spring tour and explore a new way to success in tourism by co-developing with sports industry, which makes a difference of the off-season in winter tourism of northern cities.
Tourism brings various cultures together and sports bring people around the world together. Winter Springs-Swimming International Invitational of Jinan, China and IWSA World Cup Promotional is a harmonious integration of tourism and sports, becoming a platform to introduce Jinan to the whole world.
We would like to thank the following in helping this event become a reality: Jinan Tourism Administration, Jinan Municipal Bureau of Landscape and Forestry, Jinan Sports Bureau and Shandong Swimming Association, together with No.1 Scenic Area Administrative Center, Tourism Administration of Lixia District and Shandong Winter Swimming Association.