As an avid observer of interesting pools and spas, we’re keen to point out interesting projects that are going viral. One huge canal-style pool that is actually a shared pool experience connecting a series of villas at a resort in China, has captured the imagination of viewers on social media and is being shared all over the internet.
Travel the globe and you’re bound to see some incredible sights. This is especially true when traveling to China. A visit to Yingde, a historical city in the Guangdong Province of China will bring you to a picturesque locale better well known for its world-famous black tea than its resorts. Located approximately 10 miles from Yingde Railway Station sits an incredible sight to behold and one of the more interesting footnotes on any traveler’s log.
Baodun Lake also known as “the water city of Venice in Guangdong”, is where you’ll find the Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort. One of the more remarkable features is the gigantic canal-style pool which encircles the entire property of this charming family resort.
The swimming lane which stretches from the backyard of each building in the resort is 4.2 meters wide (13.7 feet), 1.2 meters deep (3.9 feet) and 1.3 kilometers long (0.8 miles).
There has been plenty of footage taken of both the resort and the pool, however one of the more popular videos that we’ve seen lately is the aerial drone footage that is being shared on YouTube.
While resorts with these types of pools are becoming incredibly popular in places like Southeast Asia, they still have yet to really catch on in the west. Perhaps because of the fact that our ideal of the over-water bungalow experience is more in line with places like Fiji.
Have you visited any resorts like this? What was the experience like? How much do you think a pool like this costs to maintain? Tell us in the comments below.
Sinkhole in Swimming Pool Kills Man, Swallows Guests
A man was found dead after being swallowed by a sinkhole that opened up in a private swimming pool. The incident transpired in Israel where authorities are still trying to figure out what caused two men to be swept away by the receding water after a sinkhole sprang up within an inground swimming pool at a private property in central Israel. One was recovered dead at the scene on Thursday afternoon.
The body was located by search crews in the town of Karmei Yosef after a four-hour recovery operation conducted by rescue personnel who were lowered deep underground. The search was hampered by concerns that tunnels extending from the sinkhole could lead to a second collapse.
It took rescuers several hours of searching before they were able to uncover the body of the man who had gone missing. The other 34-year-old man who had been trapped for some time, was saved and treated for minor injuries to his lower body.
Employees of a private company were having a pool party when the incident occurred. About 50 people were present at the time of the accident, according to one guest.
“The water level suddenly started receding and a hole opened up, creating a vortex that swept two people inside,” the guest told news sources.
She said a sinkhole opened a vortex formed which swallowed up the victim in a matter of seconds. She yelled at her coworkers to get out of the pool as the sinkhole emerged, but they initially assumed it was a game. Authorities say, fortunately, there were only 6 people in the pool at the time or injuries and casualties could have been far greater.
“Seconds later, the ground just dropped… I watched two people just disappear,” she added.
According to police, an investigtion into the incident is currently underway, and they plan to find out if the pool was operating with the proper license.
Coach Saves Swimmer Who Fainted At World Championships
‘Hero coach saves swimmer’ was the headline splashed all over the news today. After losing consciousness during the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, American swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued from drowning at the bottom of the pool by coach Andrea Fuentes.
On Wednesday, Fuentes dived into the water after seeing the 25-year-old artistic swimmer plummet to the bottom of the women’s solo free event.
Coach Indicated Life Guards Slow To React
Andrea Fuentes, coach to two-time Olympian Anita Alvarez, told Spanish newspaper Marca that she dived in to haul the 25-year-old to the surface because no one else lifted a finger to do so.
“I jumped into the water because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was diving in,” she said.
The dramatic rescue unfolded when Ms Alvarez was participating in the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Wednesday night.
This wasn’t the first time that Fuentes has come to Alvarez’s rescue. During an Olympic qualification event last year, a similar incident occurred where Fuentes leaped into action to her and swim partner, Lindi Schroeder to safety.
Who is Andrea Fuentes?
Fuentes is a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming and the most decorated swimmer on the Spanish National Team. The world champion rescued Alvarez from the bottom of the pool and swam her to the surface before swimming her to safety at the edge of the pool.
“I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine,” Fuentes told news sources.
Swimmers often hold their breath for long periods of time as a way to develop their lung capacity but never defy medical advice, according to their instructor, who explained that the occurrence was not out of the ordinary in the sport of swimming.
Fuentes became concerned when she observed Alvarez’s feet appeared paler than usual toward the end of her routine on Wednesday. While Alvarez was descending instead of ascending to take a breath, she dove in.
Swim Coach Saves Swimmer, Quick To Respond To Distress
Fuentes remarked, “I was already paying attention, and then I saw her sliding down. In the end, “I didn’t even ask myself if I should go or not, I just thought that I was not going to wait.”
“I know Anita very well and I know the sport very well.” Fuentes replied when asked if she thought lifeguards were too slow to respond to the incident.
Coach Saves Swimmer – Says ‘I Did My Job’
Fuentes concluded by saying, “They did their job, I did mine,” The sport’s governing body, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), did not react to calls for comment on reaction speed of the rescue.
After what it called a “medical emergency.” FINA said in a statement on Thursday that it has been in contact with Alvarez, her teammates, and her medical personnel. In the words of the release, “Ms. Alvarez was immediately treated by a medical team in the venue and is in good health,”
Oli Scarff, the underwater photographer who used a remote robotic camera to capture the breathtaking images of the rescue, told reporters that he heard noise as he was looking at his computer toward the end of Alvarez’s routine. He observed the swimmer at the bottom of the pool on the screen of the robotic camera.
According to the photographer, it was “It was kind of a shocking thing to see because as soon as I looked back down at the robotic camera I had this kind of clear view of the scene while everyone in the arena was watching it through the surface of the water,” as he put it.
At first Scarff was capturing “beautiful” images of a “amazing” athlete in action, only to find himself “in a heartbeat” photographing “a near-death situation.” “Actually, I was rather rattled up by the whole thing.
Swimmer Says She’s Ready To Compete on Friday
“The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. All is fine,” Fuentes stated. Other high-endurance sports, such as running and cycling, also experience this.” Whether it’s a marathon, a bike race, or a cross-country race, we’ve all seen photographs of racers who didn’t make it to the finish line being helped by others. Swimming is just like any other activity in that we push ourselves to our limits and sometimes find them.”
Flying Pool on Superyacht Will Take Your Breath Away
The Apache is a luxury superyacht concept with a flying pool concept that is taking social media by storm. The incredible yacht design was officially unveiled at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. It’s larger than it’s predecessor Olokun at 250 feet. This vessel is equally as remarkable, owing to the skill of designer Alberto Mancini.
Flying Pool on Superyacht is Remarkable
Unquestionably the most striking feature of the Apache aside from its superstructure inspired by modern architecture is its fascinating flying pool design. The floating pool, which is 31 feet long, is suspended between the upper and main decks. It features a glass bottom, which creates an incredible floating effect. The glass pool floor allows natural light to enter the gym and lounge below the pool. Since the master suite has direct access to the pool deck, the Apache might just be the first megayacht to include this feature.
Giuseppe Mazza, Tankoa’s sales and marketing manager called the “flying pool” a “visionary idea.” Of course, a luxury superyacht with just one pool is so passe. Aside from its floating pool, the Apache has two additional pools located in the aft section of the ship. The vessel in the Beach Club is a floodable infinity pool with glass walls and folding side terraces.
A Superyacht Designed For Outdoor Living
When describing this feature of the yacht, designer Alberto Mancini said “I wanted to avoid the typical cave dark effect that today we see in many beach clubs. Indeed, Apache’s beach club design is not just an area for accessing the sea. It is not only to be enjoyed only when anchored during the day. Its fully integrated with the main deck salon. It can be used day or night as an extension of the outdoor living space.”
The flying pool is a standout feature in this outstanding vessel. Swimming in the elegantly suspended pool is like flying over water. The designers equate it to swimming through the yacht. The flying pool is located just above the bow gym atrium. Consequently, they’ve created a tastefully appointed space for owners and guests to work out or relax while taking in the view.
Without a doubt, luxury pools and superyachts are now intrinsically tied together. It should be noted that a second luxury yacht with a unique hole design is also making the rounds on social media.
Lazzarini Design Studio’s aptly named Shape superyacht features its own glass-bottom infinity pool. The design features a distinctive hollow-shaped sun deck where swimmers can be observed from below. Shape runs on hydrogen propulsion technology making it a 100% clean energy-powered vessel.
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