The Administration Department of Huating Lake National Park in China is linking with Huway.com, a domestic organization specializing in the planning of professional outdoor activities and events, to hold the 2009 Huating Lake International Outdoor Travel outdoor event on October 28 and October 29.
Huating Lake lies in Taihu County, Anqing City, Anhui Province. Known as the hometown of Huangmei Opera, Taihu County is also the place where Zen Buddhism originated. It is reputedly the site where Huike, one of the earliest patriarchs of Chinese Zen buddhism, studied and practiced Zen Buddhism.
Taihu County is also the hometown of China’s deceased top Buddhist leader Zhao Puchu, who was known not only as a patriotic religious leader and social activist, but also as a writer, poet and calligrapher. Zhao Puchu also served as vice chairman of the Ninth National Committee of the CPPCC, honorary chairman of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy, president of the Chinese Buddhist Academy, and president of the Buddhist Association of China.
Huating Lake is situated at the southern foothills of Dabie Mountain. The lake, which is deep, is dotted with many small islands.
Covering an area of 198 square kilometers, the scenic area in whiuch the lake lies encompasses Huating Lake, Dragon Mountain, Haihui Temple, Xifeng Zen Monastery, the Cultural Museum of 5,000-Year History, Fotu Temple, Lion Mountain, the Zen Hall of the Second Ancestor, the Old House of Zhao Puchu, Tangwan Hot-spring Resort and other sightseeing and tourism locations.
The 2009 Huating Lake International Outdoor Travel event is targeted towards outdoors enthusiasts of all kinds. The organizers’ aim is to allow participants in the event to take advantage of the location’s unique geography and give them the opportunity to take part in all sorts of outdoor events in the water, mountains, beaches, valleys, air, and hot springs.
The event is scheduled to begin on October 28. During the two-day event, a variety of outdoor activities and events will be staged. These include sightseeing around Huating Lake; visiting the Cultural Museum of 5,000-Year History; sailboat performances; a procession of cool cars; hot air balloons; bungee jumping; bicycling; beach tug-of-war and soccer; hiking the mountain; a raft relay race; mountain biking around the lake; camping out on the beach; an evening bonfire party; an outdoor cooking contest; a drifting competition; a tent-decoration contest; an off-road competition for cars and motorcycles; and activities to help impoverished children in rural areas.
During the event, a helicopter will help the organizers guide the activities and take photographs from the air. Many online activities, such as photography and writing contests, will also be organized to enlarge the scope of the event even further.
Zhang Haifeng, CEO of Huway.com, says that the organizatio will advertise the event on a series of well-known websites in Europe and America, as well as on the world’s largest LED screen in New York’s Times Square, to attract more international participants.
Huway.com calls upon fans of the outdoors to take their unwanted books or stationery for donation to the poor children in local Hope Schools. This special activity, entitled “Carry One More Kilogram”, is designed to pass knowledge on to the children and make tourists’ trips more meaningful.
The event is open to all outdoor enthusiasts free of charge, no matter where they are from or how old they are. All participants are simply required to register online at www.huway.com to take part in the event.
Participants are entitled to visit such scenic spots as Huating Lake, the Cultural Museum of 5,000-Year History, Xifeng Cave, the Zen Hall of the Second Ancestor and the Old House of Zhao Puchu, and enjoy a special performance of Huangmei Opera free of charge. All registrants can participate in various outdoor activities and events to win prizes and trophies.