• Beijing Considers Ban on Paddle Boarding and Other Water Sports in Certain High-risk Areas
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    Beijing Considers Ban on Paddle Boarding and Other Water Sports in Certain High-risk Areas

    As the capital’s waterways undergo major projects and improvements, local policymakers are considering a ban on certain water sports as concerns for safety grow, Beijing Daily reports. One of the most conspicuous improvement project has been the renovation of Liangma River, which was recently dubbed the “Seine of Beijing” for the benefit of international onlookers. The revamping of the waterways has given rise to the popularity of various water sports such as paddle boarding and kayaking on some of the inner-city rivers and canals. The report says that Beijing’s Municipal Water Affairs Bureau are considering a ban on paddle boarding, kayaking, wild swimming and ice skating in certain high-risk lakes, rivers and…

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  • Beijing mulls ban on paddle boarding, kayaking in downtown waterways out of security concerns
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    Beijing mulls ban on paddle boarding, kayaking in downtown waterways out of security concerns

    A man paddles on the Liangma River in Beijing on August 6, 2022. Photo: IC  Beijing is mulling to stop water sports including the recently very popular paddle boarding and kayaking in some inner-city waterways out of safety considerations, banning wild swimming and ice skating in high-risk lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Beijing’s water management-related departments have asked for public opinions on a new list of areas where water-related activities are restricted.  According to the list, residents will be forbidden to engage in water sports including paddle boarding, kayaking, rubber boating and powerboating in waterways that have sightseeing boats within Beijing’s Fifth Ring Road area and within the Beijing Municipal Administrative…

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