2021-04-30

Hundreds of swimmers crossed Weizhou Island-Beihai waters, the shortest straight line distance is 24 nautical miles

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China News Service, Beihai, April 30 (Zhai Liqiang and Wang Weichen) Weizhou Island, China’s largest and youngest volcanic island with a geological age, is about 24 nautical miles (approximately 45 kilometers) away from Guangxi Beihai in a straight line, April 30 In Japan, hundreds of swimmers from all over China swam relay in the vast sea, crossed this sea area, and finally succeeded in the challenge. Among them, the oldest is 74 years old and the youngest is 13 years old.

Hundreds of swimmers crossed Weizhou Island-Beihai waters, the shortest straight line distance is 24 nautical miles

Swimmer crossing the sea, photo by Wang Yongzhong

Hundreds of swimmers crossed Weizhou Island-Beihai waters, the shortest straight line distance is 24 nautical miles(1)

Swimmers in the sea relay. Photo courtesy of the organizer

In the early morning of the same day, the swimmers were divided into eight teams and set off from the Blue Bridge of Weizhou Island. Along the way, they used a relay swimming method to cross to the North Sea. The fastest group of swimmers was in the afternoon of the same day. It made landfall in the North Sea at four o’clock and took 9:15.

Hundreds of swimmers crossed Weizhou Island-Beihai waters, the shortest straight line distance is 24 nautical miles(2)

The picture shows 13-year-old swimmer Chen Tailing (left) and 74-year-old swimmer Wen Zhixin (right) Photographed by Zhai Liqiang

It is understood that due to the unique tidal and hydrological conditions between the island and the mainland, there has never been anyone Successful swimming across this sea area, although some people have tried, but ended in failure.

Hundreds of swimmers crossed Weizhou Island-Beihai waters, the shortest straight line distance is 24 nautical miles(3)

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Hundreds of swimmers crossed Weizhou Island-Beihai waters, the shortest straight line distance is 24 nautical miles(4)

Swimmers landed in the North Sea. Photographed by Zhai Liqiang

Weizhou Island is located in the center of the Beibu Gulf and has important strategic significance. It was once a rural revolutionary base established by the Communist Party of China in the Nanlu area. . During the Anti-Japanese War, Weizhou Island was occupied by the Japanese army; after the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, Weizhou Island became an important barrier for the remnants of the Kuomintang army entrenched in Hainan Island; in 1950, Weizhou Island was liberated. Due to its unique volcanic lava scenery, Weizhou Island has now become a well-known leisure and vacation tourist destination, and has been awarded the “Top Ten Most Beautiful Islands in China”. (End)