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Rescuers in Xinjiang try again to find missing Shanghai hiker

A SECOND round of rescue efforts are planned by police in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region who are looking for a Shanghai hiker who vanished after texting his father at the beginning of a hike on June 10.
Police said the second round will last eight to 10 days and efforts would be intensified.
Xu Guang, a local adventurer, went into depopulated zones alone in Hemu area in Xinjiang on June 10. He was scheduled to take a return flight to Shanghai on June 19, but was not heard from again.
Xu planned to spend eight days to finish his adventure covering the Hemu Village, Baihu Lake and Kanas area, according to a post he published on an online forum. He said that risks included external injuries, sprains, diarrhea, attacks from bears and drowning.
Xu is known as an experienced hiker.
Xu's father told Xinjiang media that his son texted him on June 10, saying he had arrived in the Kanas area, and warned that he may lose a signal in the following trip.
"He asked us not to worry about him in the short message," Xu's father said.
That was the last anyone heard from him.
Police said rescue efforts were organized after receiving calls from relatives of Xu on June 22, but rain that turned areas swampy made rescue extremely difficult.


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