City mayors were first among 2,000 swimmers to swim across the Pearl River while proclaiming water safety a top local priority, reports South Capital. The swim took place on Sunday afternoon in Guangzhou from the central north gate to Star Ocean Music Hall, a distance of about 800 meters.
Guangzhou mayor Chen Jianhua, Foshan acting mayor Lu Yi and other governing dignitaries were in the first group to traverse the river. More than 2,000 from Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing, and Qingyuan eventually joined them.
Government officials emphasized the importance of maintaining clean water while admitting current pollution levels are not that great, pledging to continue to clean up the environment. The Guangzhou mayor said the environment can be cleaned up if everyone works together.
NewsGD reported the swim was held to prove that the once polluted river is now clean.
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