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Chinese swimmers dive into freezing waters, seeking health benefits

Wu Hong / EPA

A Chinese winter swimmer washes himself after finishing a swim in the freezing waters of the Song Hua River in Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, on Dec. 17. More than 500 winter swimmer belonging to a local winter swimming association are carrying out their winter swimming exercise everyday while the outside temperature is about minus four degrees Fahrenheit. The swimmers believe the exercise is good for their health.

Brave swimmers took a dip in the freezing waters of the Song Hua River in Harbin City in China's Heilongjiang province on Monday. More than 500 people belong to a winter swimming association where they carry out their icy water exercise everyday while the outside temperature is about -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The swimmers believe the exercise is good for their health.

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Wu Hong / EPA

Chinese winter swimmer prepare to swim in the freezing waters of the Song Hua River in Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, on Dec. 17.

Wu Hong / EPA

A Chinese man swims in the freezing waters of the Song Hua River in Harbin City, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, on Dec. 17.

Wu Hong / EPA

Chinese winter swimmer Gong Shulin finishes a swim in the freezing waters of the Song Hua River in Harbin city, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, on Dec. 17.

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