JISHOU, HUNAN — No, not me, but as I write this post, about 40 enthusiasts are BASE-jumping off the Aizhai Suspension Bridge to land 330 meters (1,150 feet) below in the town of Aizhai, about an hour from here.
The bridge opened only a few months ago, and to attract attention to this engineering marvel, Chinese organizers created the 2012 Aizhai Bridge International BASE Jump Festival. It’s a three-day weekend affair that they hope will be an annual event.
Although Aizhai is a short hop from here, I didn’t go see the event live. I heard through the grapevine that all the buses from Jishou were jam packed and the roads were about the same. So, I am watching it on a live feed on my computer.
The Atlantic has a short article and a jumper’s video here. It’s more interesting than what I’m seeing, which is jumper after jumper doing basically the same thing.
However, about a dozen of my students are having a more interesting time serving as interpreters and assistants for the jumpers. They’ve been excused from classes for the last week, and report being very tired but enjoying every minute of their liaison duties. I may have some photos to share later on.