Qiantang River swimming event to be held on July 29
The annual "Crossing Qiantang River" swimming competition will be held on July 29. The event organized by the Hangzhou government is intended to promote sports activities.
The route starts from the Wharf of the Water Transportation Branch of the Hangzhou Public Security Bureau on the south bank and ends at the City Balcony on the north bank.
Every year, thousands of people participate in the event. Organizers are expecting about 3,000 people this time, with 2,600 in the mass-crossing group.
The mass group has no gender or age restrictions, and each attendee will receive a souvenir. Participants in the elite challenge group will be separated into adult male, young male, adult female, and young female groups based on their ages.
For years, the spots were filled as soon as the registration system opened. This year, the organizers will use a lottery mode to decide qualifications for the first time, and then distribute official entrance credentials.
Winners must bring their ID cards to the designated locations to take the swimming test before the crossing event. On Saturday, there will be a second round of lottery drawing.
Approximately 6,305 people registered for this year's event, including a 4-year-old child and an 81-year-old elderly person. Only 40 percent will be able to take the test.
Swimmers must be in excellent health to take the test.
Men must swim 800 meters in 25 minutes and women in 30 minutes to compete in the mass-crossing group. The elite challenge category requires men and women to swim 1,000 meters in 15 and 18 minutes, respectively.
Everyone should sign the Letter of Self-Risk Commitment. Children under the age of 16 and elderly persons over the age of 70 must sign the Acknowledgment of Risks with the consent of their guardian or legal representative.
On July 29, shuttle buses will be available at Jiangling Road Metro Station and the intersection of Zhijiang and Xinye roads. Swimmers are advised to take public transportation.
The world's largest tidal bore is located in the Qiantang River. As the tide rushes into the river mouth from Hangzhou Bay, the waves reach a height of 5 meters. The tides rise twice a day all year, but the best time to witness the stunning tides is in the middle of September. The swimming activity usually begins with the low tides. Experienced lifeguards with equipment will be present.
Designated test locations:
Hangzhou Swimming Gym
Address: 572 Zhongshan Rd N.
Daguan Swimming Gym
Address: 18 Dongsiyuan
Address: 27 Ding'an Rd
Pengzhixing Jiubao Natatorium
Address: 109 Jiumu Rd
Shangcheng District Sports Center
Address: 12 Qianchao Rd
Address: 1180 Linding Rd
Xihu District Pengzhixing Natatorium
Address: 217 Qingchuan St
Hangzhou Qiuwen Yuhua Sports Center
Address: 532 Wenyi Rd W
Hangzhou Zhengyuan Natatorium
Address: 207 Fengtan Rd
Hangzhou Xianfeng Natatorium
Address: 78 Youyong Lane
Natatorium of Zhejiang University of Technology
Address: 282 Shangtang Rd
Xiaoshan Xiuwang Sports Center
Address: 8 Daoyuan Rd
Address: 50 Shixinbei Rd
Natatorium of Hangzhou Dianzi University
Address: 280 Xuelin St
Lin'an Ruiding Natatorium
Address: 599 Jiuzhou St