Monday, March 25, 2013
Most people blowing out candles simultaneously: Pudong Shangri-La breaks Guinness world record
SHANGHAI, China -- Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai successfully attempts to break the Guinness World Record by having five hundred and eight people, staff of Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai at Riverside Avenue in Pudong, Shanghai to blow out candles simultaneously, setting the new world record for the Most people blowing out candles simultaneously, according to the World Record Academy: www.worldrecordacademy.com/ .
Photo: Over 500 people, assembled into an "S" shape, simultaneously blew out candles, at Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai, in honour of Earth Hour, symbolising the Shangri-La's commitment to a healthy, sustainable planet. ( enlarge photo )
The Guinness world record for the most people blowing out candles simultaneously is 378 and was achieved by Girl Scouts of Medford, New Jersey (USA) at Freedom Park in Medford, New Jersey, USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most candles lit simultaneously at a single venue; it is 2,959 and was achieved at a festival to promote a message of 'peace and love' by the municipality of Kab Elias, in Lebanon.
Each holding a candle, the participants lined up into the shape of an "S" symbolising the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts brand at the Riverside Avenue with the historic Shanghai Bund as its backdrop.
At 9.20pm, a symbolic candle created by lighting specific guestrooms on the façade of the hotel's River Wing was dramatically visible to all present and even to many spectators on West Shanghai.
At 9:30 p.m., both the 508 candles and the symbolic candle formed by lighting of the guestrooms were blown out simultaneously.
In the week leading to Earth Hour, hotel staff were encouraged to pledge their commitment to the Green Week. Participants would have to adhere to one environmentally friendly activity for an entire year.
The hotel has since received a total of 628 pledges, the most popular being the pledge to stay vegetarian every Monday as it garnered a total of 101 signatures.
During Earth Hour, energy savings were made by switching off some lighting, including the façade lighting, dimming interior lighting and closing selected facilities, such as the swimming pool, Health Club and Horizon Club in the River Wing.
Throughout the rest of the day, the hotel laundry were also closed to reduce energy use.
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