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Man in Chongqing propels on stand-up paddleboard to work

(People's Daily Online)    10:11, February 16, 2019

(Photo/Chongqing Evening News)

It’s not rare for figures in Chinese Kung Fu novels to run on the water. However, would it be amazing if a man was “floating” of the river surface while on his way to work? That is actually happening in southwestern China’s Chongqing municipality, a city crossed by China’s longest river the Yangtze River.

Liu Fucao, a 29-year-old man living along the south bank of the Yangtze River, told local newspaper Chongqing Evening News that he has been “floating” to work on a stand-up paddleboard for over half a year.

He said the bridge linking the south and north banks of the river has been in maintenance since last July, and it takes too much time waiting in line to board on a ferry. “Since we can cross the river by ferries, why don’t we just do that on a stand-up paddleboard,” Liu noted.

(Photo/Chongqing Evening News)

As a paddle lover, Liu has been practicing the sport for over two years. Apart from participating in stand-up paddleboard competitions, he also joins voluntary water rescue missions with his friends.

“When I get off work, I have to row back to the south bank,” Liu said. Normally it takes 6 minutes for him to cross the Yangtze River in that he uses a professional paddleboard. The speed would be slowed down if he changes to a civil one.

Some people wonder if it is too cold to stand in the water. Liu responded that the water temperature was indeed higher than the air temperature, so he didn’t feel cold.

Liu’s wife used to worry about his safety as he floated to work, and it was Liu’s skill that convinced her. In addition, Liu wears not only a life jacket, but also safety ropes on his legs. Because of this, his wife was gradually reassured.

Liu Fucao (Photo/Chongqing Evening News)

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