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Harbour swim resumes after 33 years

Hundreds of swimmers have taken part in a new version of Hong Kong's iconic cross-harbour race, which was suspended for 33 years because of concerns about water pollution.

The event takes place over a 1.1-mile course linking Lei Yue Mun in Kowloon to Quarry Bar on Hong Kong island, and it was the first time the race had been held since 1978.

It had been a Hong Kong tradition since 1906, when the China-controlled territory was a British colony. This year's event was held several miles east of the traditional Victoria Harbour venue.

Hong Kong paralegal Davis Hui said "there was no visible rubbish in the water" and that "it was a good idea" to revive the race now that the water is cleaner.

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