July 24, 2008

Olympic City Qingdao Bans Swimming, Boating in Restricted Areas

Olympic city Qingdao bans swimming, boating in restricted areas

QINGDAO, Shandong, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Olympic co-host city Qingdao will restrict swimming and boating activities in the sea near the sailing competition venue to ensure security for the Games.

From 8 a.m. on Aug. 7 till 6 p.m. on Aug. 24, the unauthorized sailing of tourist boats, yachts and motorboats would be banned in coastal waters from the east side of the Tuandao Island to Shilaoren tourist area, the city's Public Security Bureau said in a circular.

Meanwhile, swimming, diving, fishing and the sailing of model boats would be banned from the east side of Huiquanjiao to Shilaoren, except for areas within the shark barrier at approved swimming sites.

Vessels must anchor at designated wharfs and berths.

Anyone caught violating the rules would be prosecuted, the bureau warned.

Qingdao, a coastal resort in China's eastern Shandong Province, will host the sailing competitions from Aug. 9 to 23.

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