Courtesy of Caixin, Taierzhuang, China.

Founded in the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), developed in the Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368), and prosperous in the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644 to 1912) Dynasties in China, Taierzhuang is located in the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal Center, the last 3 km of the ancient canal of the Beijing-Hangzhou Canal in China.

The Taierzhuang International Winter Swimming Festival is a winter swimming event held annually in January in Taierzhuang, sanctioned by the International Winter Swimming Association.

The fifth annual festival was held on January 10th with 236 swimmers from 27 countries (including Latvia, Austria, Lithuania, Chile, Norway, Mongolia, Slovakia, Estonia, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Poland, United Kingdom, France, Czech Republic, Ireland, Belarus, Canada, Australia, Germany, Sweden, United States, China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) participating.

For more information and a video on the event, visit here and here.

This weekend, many of the swimmers are moving onto the 7th Winter Springs Swimming (Daming Lake) International Invitational in Jinan, China, the next stop on the International Winter Swimming Association World Cup circuit.

For more information on the World Cup circuit, visit here.

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