BASE jumping off the Aizhai Suspension Bridge 4

Aizhai Suspension Bridge

You know you want to base-jump off this, right?


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.

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4 thoughts on “BASE jumping off the Aizhai Suspension Bridge

  1. Reply Michelle Sep 16,2012 9:42 pm

    My hubby was one of the jumpers. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch it from the US. All of the websites, TV stations, etc. didn’t have the live feed of the bridge (on my end). In fact, I saw the same “live” news twice trying to find it. Oh well! Glad your students had a good time. Maybe one of them met my hubby! He was the one with the spiderman rig if you could ever see that. 😉

  2. Reply eljefe Sep 16,2012 10:54 pm

    Try looking here: http://www.soku.com/search_video and use your hubby’s name as a search term. I saw some videos there with the jumper’s name on the vid. If that doesn’t work, do a search there for this Chinese search term 矮寨大桥国际低空跳伞节.

    China Central TV may rebroadcast the whole thing later on. If I can find a stream, I’ll let you know.

  3. Reply Michelle Sep 17,2012 8:46 pm

    Thanks guys! I still couldn’t find him, but that’s okay. Thank you for the term above to put in at the soku site. I’ll keep checking YouTube to see if anyone has new videos up. Thanks again!

  4. Reply Megan Sep 23,2012 10:36 am

    Hello! =) Michelle told me that someone was kind enough to send pictures of her husband. My boyfriend was also there (#17, jumped right after Michelle’s husband); however, we just watched the CCTV broadcast and both of their jumps were skipped for some reason! If anyone has any pictures that they would not mind sharing, we would love to see them. If not, no problem! Thanks =)

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