Taking a plunge: Hardy Hong Kong swimmers dauntless bustling harbor


HONG KONG (Reuters) – For scarcely 30 years, Sandy Lam has been rising early any day for a drop in a infrequently choppy waters off a western corner of Hong Kong island, subsequent to one of a world’s busiest ports.

Lam, 68, is partial of a tightly-knit village of around 50 mostly aged adults who are unchanging visitors to Sai Wan Swimming Shed, tucked divided off a high hill, providing simple changing bedrooms and showers.

“We’re all friends and we’ve famous any other for a prolonged time,” he said. “We compensate HK$150 ($19) per month that pays for a H2O and light in a shed, and for a changing bedrooms to be kept well.”

The shed, built in a 1960s or 1970s, is a solitary survivor of such structures, renouned in a initial half of a final century when open swimming comforts were meagre in a former British colony, and is now a strike with tourists and newlyweds.

The residents, many of who have been swimming there for decades, thrust into a waters from stairs reached by a spindly wooden overpass propped adult on a rocks, only a stone’s chuck from a heart of a financial core opposite a bustling backdrop of enclosure ships, ferries and fishing boats.

“I’ve been entrance here for 40 years, each singular day,” pronounced 83-year-old Yin Sing. “I travel adult a mountain to come here, even on a Sunday.”

Most of a swimmers contend a practice keeps them healthy, nonetheless they have beheld changes in H2O peculiarity over a decades.

“I feel there is some-more cosmetic in a sea,” pronounced Dennis Yeung, 58. “I have beheld a disproportion given I’ve been swimming here from when we was small… There is utterly a large difference. In a future, it will be some-more of a problem too.”

Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Nick Macfie


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