The Chinese Crawl: Wealthy Businessman Offers Chinese Official Fortune To Swim In River For Twenty Minutes

7202WS1218E-IyangtzeHow standards have changed. First there was Mao’s famous Yangtze River swim where he set a world record by swimming 15 km in 65 min. Now a wealthy Chinese businessman is offering 200,000 yuan [HK$246,000] to get a Chinese official to simply swim for 20 minutes in a river without success. It is not the result of diminishing physical stamina (or propaganda) in China as much as the river in question. Jin Zengmin, chief executive of a Hangzhou eyeglasses retailer, wants Ruian’s environmental protection bureau chief, Bao Zhenmin, to swim in the river in the small-town Ruian, which is virtually solid garbage. He could literally do a crawl on the surface. Not the Australian crawl, mind you, but the Chinese crawl on a surface of refuse.

While Jin blames a local factory, Boa not surprisingly defends the factory and blames citizens for dumping in the river. He insists that the river has been destroyed by overpopulation.

It appears that there will be no swim down the majestic river in Ruian. The pictures in the article below however suggest that Boa might be able to walk down the river. It appears that Chinese communist officials can walk on water in the miracle that is China’s bustling economy.

Source: SCMP

18 thoughts on “The Chinese Crawl: Wealthy Businessman Offers Chinese Official Fortune To Swim In River For Twenty Minutes

  1. I was in Hangshu, near Shanghai ,with a group of collegues. We had the outing as a break to our exhibition in Shanghai year 1980,

    Shanghai was different and Hangshu was too, I gather. Maybe not as much as Shanghai. Hangshu is a formen Imperial playground, full of marvels like restaurants which serve what appears to be a large fish on a large platter, but turns out to be vegetables, and tasty to boot.

    The lake is spiritual center of it all. We did not view the river.
    Progress is kinda crappy, especially the western capitalist style, whether by chinese or whatever country.

  2. swim in the river in the small-town Ruian, which is virtually solid garbage

    That goes for all the oceans too, when you get to the Gyres.

    Perhaps the dood should change the offer to include the oceans.

    Or perhaps one of the holy rivers where millions of pilgrims have congregated for years.

    The evangelists of OIl-Qaeda say it is working because holiness has increased so much that now the pilgrims glow in the dark after they take these swims.

  3. So much to say, and so little time.

    Glad to see folks praying at waterside, Soon they will be praying for water.
    The exploitation costs deferred by both government and enterprise gives the central locations chosen. And the relative wealth (or agricultural poverty, brings what are called migrants. In fact the “migrants” are peasants denied resident permits (like in USSR days), who go “home” once a year, and who are profitable sweatshop personnel.
    The proximate cause to the “walkable” river I will not touch on. It does not burn yet. We lead so far.

    PS You can swim Lake Mälaren in the center of Stockholm, as tourist directors delight in demonstrating.

  4. PPS. The tourist director for Stockholm and the mayor have even enjoyed glasses dipped by themselves from waters outside the City Hall. Live on camera dipping and drinking from the water’s edge from the stone steps leading down.

    However bathing in the center is not encouraged, but is a mile further away.
    The waters of the city center for drinking by tourists, who are cell-filmed doing it. Nuff said.

  5. I note with pleasure that the South China Morning Post is stiil free to post Reuter articles. Hong Kong is still relatively free from red China’s restrictions. SMCP beng the source behind the blog.

  6. When I think of all the MAOists I used to know, who extolled the glory of the Chinese Revolution, I’m not quite sure that this was their vision of how it would all turn out.

  7. China is the greatest population center, however, India is the second largest population center, but the largest democracy.

    The River of Faith shows that democracies can have vast populations that seriously practice a religion that is very strange to their democratic allies’ religion (e.g. U.S. and India).

    I imagine the Chinese and Russia are the same in that regard — a religion in one may be strange to the other.

  8. Show me a well functioning democracy and I’ll sneeze three times.

    In India, money still decides, corporations including foreign (USA) ones still dominate the agenda and most decisions. Lay on top the controlling caste system which is still in place in spite of being forbidden, and you get existence farmers who take loans, and commit suicide when caught in that position and the crop fails. Leaving their widows to take day laborer jobs on large plantatiions a daily train-ride away. The kids, guess the neighbors help.

    USA for ex Monsanto get usuallly what it wants. But not always, as the Indian Sct demonstrated. Actually the Indian Sct could be after a bigger bribe for obliging Montsanto.

    Screw the people says the Indian democracy.

    Culture and religion they have, democracy NO.

  9. Dredd and all here,

    I mentioned a Swedish genius to you. Here is what I wrote just now to my friends.

    “He is retired (professor emeritus) but definitely active. Here’s his blog. Still looking for a lecture video in English. He tweets as well @gunnarbjursell.
    Geneticist and a close follower of brain studies.
    Lives now in France and is close follower and fan of French culture. Evident from the blog. Obviously tri-lingual (Swedish. English, French)
    Full of personal info, including CV etc.


    i tweeted him this link to the NYTimes from 18 Feb.

    Will see if I get a bite. But you can just enjoy what he writes in English and French, which he uses on his blog.


    idealist7071, February 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Juat read the “kudzu in the US” article in Wikipedia. Fascinating. And all started by the CCC in 18??.
    Bron, Government meddling is not something new.

    And for the sake of the xenophobics here, I note that it originated in Japan and China.

    Just don’t forget that we also an invasive species, and kill all other indigenous growth. So can we contain ourselves and the damage we cause.?
    From the Tennessee dope mules thread.

  11. Headline and ending as above.

    “idealist7071, February 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    “In the southeast, the spread of kudzu is especially troublesome because of the high level of biodiversity in this region that is not found in other regions of the United States. Kudzu and other invasive weeds pose a significant threat to the biodiversity in the southeast. They reduce the environment to impoverished “vine barrens”.[15] The fast growth and high competitive ability is achieved through several key features of kudzu that are detailed below.”
    Source Wikipedia.
    I still think that we the USA and its international corporations are good analogies to kudzu.
    Of course other countries have their kudzu corporations operating internationally before the USA existed. The thirteen colonies were just such “kudzu” corporations. NB test added to original post

    Peculiarities: The USA gov spends one-sixth of an aircraft carrier each year to feed the starving. If we would spend the equivalent of the price of a carrier, then we could feed all the undernourished peoples of the world
    Source: Alan Grayson, D rep from FLA. Populist? Which pol isn’t?

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