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100,000 join tug-of-war

More than 100,000 people joined in a tug-of-war contest in a Chinese town. They used an 1,800 metre, eight tonne steel ‘rope’ in the central square of Lintan town, Gansu province, to celebrate the Lantern Festival.

Organiser Zhang Yutai told Xinhua: “Two steel cables were connected by a wood chock, and the people were divided into two groups, upper street and lower street.”

After a deadlock of 10 minutes, the lower street team managed to pull the rope 50 metres into their area to win the contest.

Tug-of-war contests have been a local tradition for more than 600 years in Lintan where the winners are said to enjoy good luck for the next year.

March 7, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on 100,000 join tug-of-war