Chinese tightrope artist set new record for longest high-wire walk

Chinese tightrope walker Adili Wuxor has refreshed his own record by walking a 1,800 meter-long wire across the Yellow River, in a daredevil stunt which also included walking over another artist coming the other way.

Adili and his apprentice, Shater, embarked on the dangerous stunt without safety harness in Qingtongxia city in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Friday.

The 45-year-old Adili started the walk from the lower end of the wire, about 45 meters above the river, while 23-year-old Shater walked from the higher end, which is 180 meters above the water.

Adili, which is clearly faster, reached a central point on the wire about half an hour later.

He performed various stunts during a 40-minute interval while he waited for Shater to come over.

After Shater arrived, he sat down and lied down on his back, allowing Adili to walk over him, and continue to the other side.

The stunning feat drew cheers and applause from hundreds of people watching on each bank of the river.

The performance set a new Guinness World Record for the longest tightrope walk.

Adili, an ethnic Uyghur from the far western region of Xinjiang, is China’s most famed high-wire walker.

Dubbed “Prince of tightrope walking”, he is known for regularly taking on dangerous challenges, and has several records listed with the Guinness World Records organization.

His previous record of the longest high-wire walk was made in 2000, when he completed a 1,399-meter walk in Hengshan Mountain in central China’s Hunan Province.

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