THE 100-kilometer Hike Through Shenzhen, the city’s largest annual hiking event, will be held in April, the organizer Mofang, a nonprofit online organization for hiking enthusiasts, said in a public notice recently.
At least 50,000 local residents and some hikers from other cities like Hong Kong and Beijing attended the activity last year, but the activity this year was postponed.
Into its 17th year, the long-anticipated annual event is scheduled for the third Saturday of March.
In a public notice on the official website www.doyouhike.net, the organizer, which aims to promote environmental protection efforts and healthy lifestyles, called for hikers to follow the rules regarding safety, environmental friendliness, self-help and mutual reliance, in completing the cross-city event.
The organizer requires that hikers do not litter, disturb neighborhoods, go against red lights, violate traffic rules or damage the environment, which had been complained about by residents along the route over the past few years.
In 24 hours, hikers will conquer the 100 kilometers from Nanshan District in the city’s west to eastern Dapeng along a route that showcases the beauty of the city’s parks, mountain areas, urban streets and coastlines, according to the organizer.
The event has been a calling card of Shenzhen through development in the past decade.
On Aug. 11, 2001, six Shenzheners completed the inaugural 100-kilometer hike from Sea World Square in Nanshan District to Dongchong in Nan’ao on the Dapeng Peninsula on the eastern tip of the city.
Fifty-two people participated in the first hike.