Chinese worker Zhu Biwu cuts his travel by ‘SWIMMING’ across the Yangtze River daily for 11 years

For the last 11 years, office employee Zhu Biwu has fruitfully shunned all traffic and shipment miseries experienced by each and every traveler.

The 53-year-old personality residing in the southern city of Wuhan dsicovered a method to hit the rush hour travel - through swimming 2,200 metres (7,200 feet) crosswise the Yangtze River to reach his place of work.

It takes Zhu Biwu around 30 minutes to get across the river from his house. The journey initially would take Zhu an hour through train.

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He resides in Hanyang district and works as a supervisor of a food bazaar in Wuchang.

Video recording showcases Zhu changing into his swimming boxs and wearing his goggles on the coast at around 7am on a typical day.

Zhu is also witnessed cautiously placing his work dresses, shoes and private belongings into a hot-air balloon dry bag prior to his trip to the north side of the river.

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Zhu was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the year 1999 and weighed over 100 kg (220 lbs), inciting him to discover a method to get fit.

In the year 2008, Zhu started taking part in winter swimming episodes and taking the alternate way to work.  

'My weight and blood sugar levels are back to normal and have remained stable after all these years,' he said.

Zhu said boats and ferries travelling along the river would now recognise him and let him pass, adding that the safest way to swim across the river would be doing a breaststroke.

'Only do a breaststroke - so you can see what's going on around you clearly,' he said. 'But a person would definitely need professional training before attempting to cross the river themselves.'

Net users and his colleagues were all impressed by Zhu's incredible endurance, calling his trek 'the most intense commute' ever.

His fellow worker, surnamed Wu, stated that the man is always the first to reach the place of work.

She said, “I've been working with him for more than 10 years. He has never been late, not even once.”

“As a competent swimmer, I don't think I have the courage to do this!' one individual stated on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

“Wow, he doesn't look 53 years old to me at all. Must be all the exercise,” one user said.

“Seems like going to work is just an excuse for him to go swimming!” another comment read.

“Such a creative way to get to work! Just remember to be safe,” another comment read.

by Neetu Panwar | Sat, Apr 20 - 11:57 AM

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