Swimming in China?

JonMLJonML Member
edited December 2012 in Locations & Networking
I'm going to be traveling for work in China January 3-12. Flying into Shanghai, down to Guangzhou, out of Beijing. Two questions about that:

First, how difficult is it to find pools to work out in? I don't want to ask my hosts about it if it would be a difficulty for them, but if it's relatively easy, I'd love to be able to get a few swims in. My work trip will take me to a number of schools. Is it common for schools to have a pool in China? Alternatively, are there municipal pools?

Second, what are open water conditions like in Guangzhou this time of year, in terms of temperature and water quality? I'd love to be able to say I had swum in the South China Sea, but I know that Guangzhou is pretty industrial.




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  • I swam in the YMCA in Hong Kong. The pool was incredibly crowded... and finding pools in the mainland was challenging, not only because there are very few, but because sanitation was a huge problem. I was particularly disappointed to find out that the Water Cube in Beijing was not open to swim in, and served solely as a tourist attraction.
  • JonMLJonML Member
    edited December 2012
    We'll also be in Zhuhai. Anyone have any experience with swimming there? When I asked a couple of local grad students from the area about it, they seemed dubious. But that's a common reaction to open water swimming here in Michigan as well, so I'm not sure how much credence to give that.
  • jonnySjonnyS Shanghai, ChinaNew Member
    edited September 30
    Ill Bump this a little...
    I live and work in Shanghai, and have yet to find much to swim in outdoors (when I say that, I have found open water, but none I would swim in). I am lucky I have a great 25m pool to swim in, that by local standards is not busy (local standards), I would love to know any open water events from 5km to 20km that are within a 3 hour flight. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    @jonnyS, I'd like to advertise a thread I started called "Suggest a swim for me". That thread also might get some hits, and frankly, I'd love if it became the "go-to" place for swim suggestions.
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