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Wuhan, China enjoys pool party at HOHA Water Electrical Musical Festival

Wuhan, Hubei Province, China can now hold parties without social distancing unlike most countries in the world that are still struggling to beat the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is the city where the deadly virus first emerged.

On August 15, 2020, the 2020 HOHA Water Electrical Musical Festival was held at the Wuhan Maya Beach Water Park in Wuhan. It was attended by thousands of partygoers who enjoyed a jampacked pool party.

There was very little space to float around as thousands of partygoers, who were in swimsuits, waved to the beat of the music. Cooling down in hip-high water, many of them relaxed on inflatable rubber tubes.

To attract more visitors, the organizers of the electronic music festival offered 50 percent discount to female tourists, BBC has learned. The theme park is owned by Happy Valley Wuhan, which reopened on June 25, 2020 but started getting enough visitors only in August 2020.

The 2020 HOHA Water Electrical Musical Festival started on July 11, 2020 and is expected to end on August 30, 2020. Among the featured artists are Akini Jing (朱婧汐), GAI (周延), Tizzy T and Panta.Q. 

Zhou Xianwang is the incumbent mayor of Wuhan, which is the largest city in Hubei. The city has four scientific and technological development parks and more than 350 research institutes.

In 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) designated Wuhan as a Creative City in the field of design. In 2018, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network classified it as a Beta world city.

From October 18-27, 2019, Wuhan hosted the 2019 Military World Games, which was officially known as the 7th CISM Military World Games. Almost 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competed in 27 sports in the international military multi-sport event, making it the largest military sports event ever held in China.

COVID-19 started in Wuhan in December 2019, The lockdown in the city officially ended on April 8, 2020.

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