Life In The Fast Lane: Chinese Kids Use Busy Motorway For Sports Practice

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

LIfe in the fast lane: Chinese kids use busy motorway for sports practise

If you ever grumble about the lack of sports facilities at your children's school, take a look at how kids in overcrowded China get around the problem.

The 500 students at Xingguo School, in Guiyang, Guizhou province, use the hard shoulder of a busy MOTORWAY to do their athletics practice because they don't even have a small playground, let alone a playing field.

As cars roar past, the youngsters take part in running games to give a whole new meaning to life in the fast lane!

Headteacher Manchu Ni, 56, said: "We rarely organised sports which require a larger space than we have available. But we were then told that we faced closure if we did not do something as it's the law that primary school students should have physical fitness test. There was nowhere else we could go.

"We always stage events after rush-hour and will make sure that teachers stand along the edge of the emergency lane to make sure cars realise the children are there and drive carefully."

The school has now organised several races where the kids have a running test on the road bridge despite the busy traffic.

"We know it's dangerous and is also not that healthy with all the smog, but we don't have any other choice if we are to stay open." said the headmaster.

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