Yuhong Tao doesn't hesitate as he dives into a frozen river in one of China's coldest cities. He and 300 other swimmers have spent months acclimatizing to the Songhua River's frigid waters in preparation for an annual winter swimming competition. All part of Harbin's month-long winter festival, where temperatures can dip to negative 35 degrees Celsius.
> I have a soft spot for ice swimming. Over time, I've been swimming for around 13 to 14 years. Basically, I'm doing this exercise every day.>> The festival has drawn millions of visitors each year since its inception in the 1980s, and will run until the end of February.
They believe it benefits their health, or sometimes they simply enjoy the way it feels.>>