Olympic guides get moving on roller skates

July 28th, 2008 - 3:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Qinhuangdao (China), July 28 (Xinhua) Aiming to offer “speedy services” to tourists and fans during the Olympic football tournament, Qinhuangdao authorities have organised a special squad of guides on roller skates. The 50-member squad is called “Angels on the beach” and the volunteers in blue T-shirts will patrol the major avenues and tourist attractions in co-host city Qinhuangdao during the Olympics to provide information.

“You can turn to us for road directions, for accommodation information, or to consult about any difficulties you have,” said Li Ying, the captain of the group, pointing to the big-lettered “Roller skate guide” on his T-shirt.

The idea came from the city’s love for roller skates - it even has an annual celebration for this popular sports; traffic is stopped during the festivities to let skaters roll side by side all along the streets.

They often help out people who have lost their way, or give suggestions on their trip planning. Sometimes the situation calls for more than that.

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