This is not the first time China is hosting an international winter swimming event, but this season for the first time ever, the Taierzhuang International Winter Swimming Festival is a stage of the IWSA World Cup.
Participants arrived to 2 cities - Beijing and Shanghai, and were later transferred to Jinan, where the swimming holiday took start. The one, who arrived to Beijing, had the opportunity to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Amazing places with astonishing views. Participants, who arrived to Shanghai were able to go to Yu garden and market, visit The Bund, the TV Tower and buy something at Nanjing Road - one of the world’s busiest shopping streets.
With all of the sightseeing done, our Chinese swimming adventure began on January 13 in the province of Shandong, with a nice swim in Jinan, at the Daming Lake to try the spring water. On January 14, the Jinan Winter Swimming Festival began with a swim across Daming lake.
On the next day, we moved to ancient city Taierzhuang. After the opening ceremony on January 16, the 4th stage of the IWSA World Cup began. The venue for the event was a water area on the Grand Canal - a spectacular place to take a swim at.
Participants were able to compete in the following distances:
It was truly a challenge for those, who were swimming all of the distances - as 8 swims in a row is a test of strength even for experienced swimmers. A total of 242 participants took part, with 41 being international (with swimmers from USA, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, UK, Ireland, Mongolia and France) and 17 relay teams were registered for the 4th stage of the IWSA World Cup. After the award ceremony, a dinner was held to celebrate the event.
But this was not the end of our Chinese winter swimming voyage, as on January 17, we went to Jingmen and took part at the Zhanghe International Winter Swimming Festival.
Combining winter swimming, that enjoys worldwide popularity, and tourism together can bring more energy into winter tourism and explore a new way to success by co-developing with the sports industry, which makes a difference on the off-season in winter tourism.
We look forward to our next adventure in China in 2018. Share the news on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated on the latest news in winter swimming.