The 17th Water Festival migrated to dry land at the Aykol Reservoir with a series of competitions held outside the city of Karamay, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, on Aug 6.
Among the wide range of activities, beach volleyball and the medley relay races proved the most popular. The volleyball had a fantastic turnout with 16 male teams and 7 female teams competing for glory under the scorching sun.
In the female bracket of the competition, those from the Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development won a legendary victory after a breathtakingly dramatic final match. The representatives from Karamay District claimed victory in the male competition.
The medley relay race also received mass cheering and applause. The race was comprised of eight teams (mixed gender) with 10 runners on each team. Each participant was required to run 50-meter before passing the baton onto the next teammate. This was complicated by a hurdle that stood in the contestants’ way. Men were required to jump over hurdle and women were required to pass the baton through the hurdle.
The competition was designed to test both a team’s cooperation and stamina. The team from Karamay Heating Company came out on top clocking a phenomenal one minute 23 seconds.
Running from August until late September the locals celebrate the Water Festival with a long list of events. The festival commemorates the completion of a vitally important water diversion project that shifts water from 400km away and redirects it into the Karamay rivers, thereby making life in the city more inhabitable. Water is a precious commodity in arid Karamay and so, understandably, the water festival is immensely popular.