Zhu Xiaodan (Êú±Â∞è‰∏π) is no Chairman Mao, who swam across the Yangtze. Zhu swam in the Pearl River, with his fellow colleagues and Guangzhou citizens, to assert the public that his government is serious in cleaning up a once-green, swim-friendly river. Translated from Xinkuaibao (Êñ∞Âø´Êä•) (photo: Zhu swimming in the Pearl) via sina.com:
Yesterday afternoon, Guangzhou Party Secretary led off a swimming team to cross the Pearl River, which has been the center of attention in pollution from recent years of industrial development in the delta region. Along with the officials, more than 3,700 Guangzhou residents joined the event.
Asked when the day will return that the river is swimmable very day, the secretary didn't give a timetable but promised both Guangzhou and Foshan will be working together on it. [Full Text in Chinese]
Also China Dialogue's Cleaning China's polluted Pearl