Record-breaking skywalk over China forest

2nd Aug 2013

A daredevil picked an extreme way to admire the view of a stunning forest in China.

Aisikaier Wubulikasimu got a bird's eye view of China's Naigu Stone Forest in Yunnan, as he tightrope-walked between two hot air balloons, 108ft above the ground.

Mr Wubulikasimu crossed a 180ft-long (59m) steel beam measuring just two inches wide.

The sixth-generation tightrope acrobat, aged 40 and from China's Xinjiang, broke the Guinness World Record by completing the terrifying feat in just 38.35 seconds. He also broke tightrope records for the fastest walk in 2009 and the steepest in 2011.

Listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 2007, Naigu Stone Forest is a natural museum of 270-million-year-old karst landforms.

The dark-coloured limestone inspired the forest's name - naigu meaning 'ancient and black' in Yi ethnic language. The forest lies in the most south-western province of China and 'Yunnan' refers to 'the place south of the colourful clouds'.

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