If you live in eastern China you may have noticed that it’s been rather hot recently. According to Xinhua, high temperatures in Beijing are causing locals to ignore warning signs against swimming in the city’s moats and lakes.
On Sunday, the Beijing Meteorological Bureau issued an orange alert for the second time in five days when the daytime high temperature hit 37 C. An orange alert is the second-highest in China’s four-color heat-warning system.
The high temperature has seen more swimmers show up in the Kunyu River, Shichahai Lake, Yuyuantan Lake and the southern city moat.
Swimming is prohibited in all those locations. Over 110 people drowned between 1995 and 2011 in Yuyuantan lake.
“The law enforcement officers come, but that doesn’t work. The swimmers will return soon after they go away,” said a man named Li, who works at the small wharf outside the south gate of the Summer Palace.
Of course, swimmers may find public pools even less attractive.
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