Man has swum across Yangtze for 11 years to cut work commute
By swimming across the river, the man cuts his commute down from one hour to 30 minutes.
WUHAN, CHINA — To cut down on his work commute time, a man in Wuhan has been swimming across the Yangtze River every day for the past 11 years.
According to China News, 53-year-old Zhu Biwu would normally have to burn an hour to get to work if he had to take the train like everybody else.
Time is money for Zhu, so he swims 2,200 meters (7,200 feet) across the Yangtze River which shaves 30 minutes off his commute.
To get to his job as a food market manager, Zhu slaps on some trunks around 7 a.m., while he puts his clothes and shoes in an inflatable bag, which also doubles as a floatation device.
Zhu was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1999, and started the swim in 2008 as a way to get in shape.
The daily swim has allowed him to lose weight and get his blood sugar levels back to normal.
He's become such a regular site in the water boats on the river recognize him and always let him pass.
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