Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is one of the most popular as well as busiest waterways in the world. Just yesterday, the annual Cross Harbour Race event took place in the choppy waters near the harbour. A total of 1800 swimming enthusiasts from the ages of 12 to 78 took part in this 1.5km race, which returned only last year, after a 33-year suspension.
The race started off at the eastern points of the Kowloon peninsula, where swimmers made all their way across to the Hong Kong Island. The usual traffic of ferries and cargo boats in the water was replaced by a stunning backdrop of towering skyscrapers and sharp peaks. Last year, nineteen year old, Ling Tin-yu came up on top in the race. This year, he managed to pull it off successfully again with a winning time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds.
“For over 70 years, the cross harbour races served as one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated events. The harbour race is indeed the city’s most iconic sporting event,” stated the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA), who were the organisers of the event. According to them, the response that the event gathered this year was “overwhelming”.
As mentioned, the annual race was only reinstated last year due to popular demand. In fact, the first ever race took place all the way back in 1906 all the way up to 1978, when it was halted due to a deterioration in water quality. The event has somehow turned into a tradition, attracting hundreds of swimmers and thousands of spectators during those days. Last year when the race was being brought back, HKASA claimed that they did not receive any complaints about pollution from the 1000 competitors who took part. “We have been monitoring closely the water quality based on latest information supplied by the Environmental Protection Department,” they said.
Organisers also mentioned that the route for the race was cleaned up before the competition started. For those who may not be aware, Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest ports, with more than 425,000 vessels arriving and departing in 2010. This is according to the official figure. For the full story, do check it out over here.
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