Thousands of swimmers filled an indoor wave pool to the brim in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, creating a scene resembling “boiling dumplings” as visitors try to escape the unrelenting heat wave.
Known as “China’s Dead Sea”, the saltwater pool located in an amusement park in Sichuan’s Daying County is attracting more than 12,000 tourists every day, as temperatures in parts of the province hit 41 degrees Celsius this week.
Nearly 15,000 people visited the pool on Saturday, almost triple what was envisaged by the pool’s designers.
“There’s so many people here, it’s like a cauldron of boiling dumplings,” said one of the swimmers at the crowded pool.
In response to rising safety concerns, pool administrators said they have taken steps to prevent any danger.
“There are six to eight people dealing with emergencies and two to three lifeguards patrolling on the stage. Also, we have sent about a dozen staff workers into the crowd to watch over visitors around the pool,” said Wang Tongming, manager of the “China’s Dead Sea” Water Amusement Park.
Wang said that a clinic has also been set up near the wave pool to deal with minor injuries.
According to Xinhua news agency, the pool received over a million visitors last summer.
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