Shanghai residents and Hong Kongers walk for charity
About 2,000 Shanghai and Hong Kong residents walked along a newly-opened riverside promenade at the weekend to raise funds for charity.
The participants included Hong Kong celebrities and employees of companies and organizations in Shanghai and Hong Kong. They braved the cold weather to walk 3.5 kilometers along the Huangpu River on Saturday.
The event is the Shanghai leg of a popular Hong Kong charity event called Walk for Million. Participants can take part in various walking events to raise donations for children, youth and education-related projects.
A charity foundation established last year has raised 304,000 yuan (US$45,922) through various walking events. The money has been spent to establish four long-distance teaching programs for students in remote areas in southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to the Shanghai Hong Kong Association, the organizer of the event.
The donation raised this year will be used to assist four social welfare organizations in Huangpu District and charity programs in Maduo County of northwestern Qinghai Province, according to the organizer.
The section between Miaojiang Road and Longhua Road E. are newly opened to public as part of the city government plans to open up 45 kilometers of waterfront along the river by the end of the year. Its aim is the creation of a riverside attraction on a par with the Left Bank in Paris and London's Thames walkways.