Would you swim in this pool?

Katy Holland


Chinese holidaymakers cram into swimming pool to escape heatwave
Chinese holidaymakers cram into swimming pool to escape heatwave

Rex

It may look like a bid to make the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most crowded swimming pool - but this is just another day at the local swimming pool in Daying County, Sichuan, China.

With temperatures soaring this summer, thousands have turned up at the pool cool down, cramming themselves into the indoor floating swimming "lake" known as China's Dead Sea.

Chinese holidaymakers cram into swimming pool to escape heatwave
Chinese holidaymakers cram into swimming pool to escape heatwave

Rex


No, we didn't know China had a Dead Sea either.

The pool, which covers an area of 30,000 sq metres, is believed to be China's largest indoor water park - and this summer it has seen more than a million visitors, according to its owners.

This salt lake has a salinity of 22 per cent, meaning swimmers float freely on the surface, just like the Dead Sea in the Middle East. Which rather begs the obvious question: why do they all need rubber rings?

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