While Russians are renowned for their ability to survive the cold and Chinese aunties are known to take absolutely no prisoners, a recent outdoor swimming competition has only proven that together they are an unstoppable force not to be reckoned with.
The competition, taking place in Jinan city, Shangdong province, hosted competitors from 18 different countries, including the United States, Russia and the UK.
Contestants were divided into groups based on gender and age, young, middle-aged and elderly contestants formed nine groups in total, all geared up to swim a 300m course in the frigid Daming Lake.
With Russian and Chinese aunties posing together for photos in eye-catching bikinis and one pieces, they competed as one team and took the icy plunge together.
While this may not be the most impressive competition that tested how much cold one could endure this week, at least the swimmers weren’t naked this time.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via Sina]