More than 200 swimmers braved the cold to welcome the first day of 2018 with a winter swimming competition in Shenyang City of northeast China's Liaoning Province on Monday. Held on a frozen lake in the Checkerboard Mesa scenic area, the 2018 China Shenyang International Citizen Winter Swimming Invitational Tournament attracted swimmers of different age groups from all over the world and took place against a backdrop of picturesque surroundings, amid challenging temperatures of minus 16 degrees Celsius.