Record-breaking Chinese take home line dancing and tai-chi honours

Grannies and students in China smashed two Guinness World Records over the weekend.

Record breaking line dance with 18,000 women in China.

Record breaking line dance with 18,000 women in China. Image by Screengrab from YouTube

Over 18,000 women gathered in Hubei province, northern China, on Saturday to set a new world record for the most people simultaneously performing a line dance. Not content to simply kick up their heels and break world records, the 18,441 mostly middle-aged women wore matching jumpsuits for the choreographed performance.  The extraordinary line dance, which is also known in China as a square dance, was staged to promote healthy lifestyle habits.

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Record breaking line dance with 18,000 women in China.

Record breaking line dance with 18,000 women in China. Image by Screengrab from YouTube

Elsewhere in China on Saturday, some 50,000 people joined forces to set a new world record for the highest number of people simultaneously performing tai-chi. The attempt took place in several locations throughout Jiaozuo in eastern China as part of yet another healthy living initiative. A drone was used to record thousands of perfectly sychronised students participating in the record-breaking event. Simultaneous performances of the traditional Chinese martial art were staged in another 30 Chinese cities.

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These new world records are just the latest in a long line of record-breaking attempts staged in China recently. Last week, 1443 pregnant women in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other Chinese cities took part in the world’s largest prenatal yoga class. While Xingzhe No. 1, a four-legged robot built at Chongqing University, recently smashed the world record for longest distance walk. His 134km trek was more than double the distance of the previous record holder Ranger, from Cornell University.

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