Athletes from all over the globe have been enjoying a colourful life outside the competitions.

Light show

During the Games, the 25-kilometer banks along the Yangtze and Han rivers are illuminated by brilliant lights. Many images relating to the Games, such as mascot Bingbing skydiving, are displayed on about 1,000 buildings. The light show takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every night.

On Oct. 19, Gianni Gola, the honorary president of the International Military Sports Council, and his friends traveled to the Hanyang Riverside Park to appreciate the light show.


Director of Wuhan Tourism Service Center in the Athletes' Village, Zhang Tai, said, "There are 50 to 60 people coming here for consultation every day. According to Zhang, the most popular tourist attractions are the city's landmark Yellow Crane Tower, East Lake, and the Hubei Provincial Museum with national treasures like the Sword of Goujian and the Chime Bells of Marquis Yi of Zeng.

In addition to scenic spots, athletes are interested in shopping areas, too. Shopping streets such as Jianghan Road, and Han Street were the two sites most people asked about.


The "old town" is especially preferred by strolling shoppers interested in buying Chinese silk, porcelain and tea.

On Oct. 20, teammates from Chad went to Hanzheng Street market for clothes, bags and sports equipment. Hanzheng Street in Hankou is a business areas with over 500 years of history. Wholesale markets with clothes, bags and daily necessities are easily accessible here.

Guangbutun area is famous for its digital and electrics malls. According to Sun, a shop owner in the area, the CWG participants enjoy shopping for a plethora of goods including smartphones, smart speakers and laptops. Chinese brands such as Huawei and Oppo are quite popular due to their reasonable price and clever functions.

(By Cao Xinyi, Liu Shu & Wang Xiny) [Editor NIE Yang]