Underwater hockey making a splash
Underwater hockey is becoming popular among swimmers and divers in a dozen big cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Players wear diving masks, snorkels and fins and carry a short stick in one hand for playing the puck in a swimming pool. Two teams of up to 10 players compete, with six players in each team in play at any one time. In club matches, two of the six must be women.
The sport originated in England in 1954. Now it is mainly played in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the US.
In China, the sport was originally played by foreign expats and young Chinese who had returned from overseas. Later, more Chinese swimmers started to join.
There are two underwater hockey clubs in Chongqing, a metropolis in Southwest China, with the first one formed last year and the second one this year. (Photo 4)
Tourists visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall to enjoy the autumn scenery in Beijing on Sunday.