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Thousands lace-up for Wuxi hike

Updated : 2017-05-08
(chinadaily.com.cn)

Hikers took to Wuxi streets in their thousands on May 7, touring some of the Jiangsu city's most scenic sights.

Gathering at the Wuxi Taihu International Expo Center, 15,000 enthusiastic walkers set off on hikes ranging from 10 to 30 kilometers.

Thousands lace-up for Wuxi hike

Participants wait at the start line for the 2017 Wuxi Taihu Lake Hike on May 7. [Photo provided to China Daily]

It was the sixth time the Wuxi Taihu Lake Hike has been held in the city, which has had growing numbers of participants each year.

The scenic Shangxian River, Gonghuwan wetland, and Xuntang ancient town were just a few of the picturesque spots on the hiking route.

Thousands lace-up for Wuxi hike

Hikers cross a bridge during the event, May 7. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Wuxi locals were not the only ones hitting the streets, with hikers from all walks of life joining in, those from nearby cities, as well as many expat workers and students.

"I like to exercise often and go to gym to keep fit," said Zhang Tao, a university student from Shanghai currently working as an intern in Wuxi. "It's the first time I've taken part in the hike here in Wuxi and I love the beautiful environment."

Chen Weinan, 68, has taken part in the event every year it has been held, and said the hike is not to be missed.

Jiangnan Univeristy student, Shoaib Meo, from Pakistan, said he was taking part in the hike to see some beautiful places and spring flowers in full bloom.

Hosted by Wuxi's publicity department, sports bureau and Wuxi Internet Association and sponsored by Postal Savings Bank of China. The annual hike is an important part of the city's Netizen Public Welfare Sports Meeting which runs from April to November, holding many sports events such as basketball, canoeing, and martial arts.

Thousands lace-up for Wuxi hike

Hikers show their medals after completing the hike on May 7. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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