A boat sails past snow-covered residences alongside an intracity waterway in Shaoxing, east China's Zhejiang Province. Photo: Xinhua

I'll swim in moat to show it's not polluted, says Shaoxing mayor

Last month, local residents of the coastal Zhejiang province said on microblogging website they would offer environmental officials as much as 300,000 yuan if they swam in polluted rivers. Shaoxing mayor Qian Jianmin’s pledge to swim in the city’s moat appears to be the first firm response to the challenge.