June 25, 2010

CHINA: Cycle tours popular physical fitness means among senior citizens

The 18th Cycle Touring Culture Show in Hohhot, North China attracted 70-year-old Qi Zhenjie from Xinjiang and 65-year-old Zhuang Lianju from Liaoning to ride their bikes to Hohhot, Xinhuanet reported on June 25. Seventy-five-year-old Chen Chengguang arrived in Hohhot after 35 days of cycling from his hometown in southern China's Guangdong province.

Cycle touring is becoming a popular physical fitness means among senior citizens in China. Statistics from the organizing committee of the recent show claim that the event attracted more than 4,200 senior citizens from around the country.

Wei Lian, 86, is the star member of a local cycle touring club. He has traveled by bike to many places. "Cycle touring is the best way for me to keep healthy," said Wei.

In line with the eco-friendly theme, many cycling lovers in China follow three principles - using non-fuel boosters for bicycles, not polluting water, and not scattering garbage.

"We believe the activity will create a pleasant life for the elderly and raise the quality of their life," said Zhao Baohua, Executive deputy president of China's Gerontological Society.