Slackline walker conquers notorious Tiger Leaping Gorge

Zhang Liang, a professional Chinese slackline walker, also dubbed “fancy sling first person”, successfully made it across the Tiger Leaping Gorge on Tuesday morning.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge (Chinese name: Hu Tiao Xia) is located 60 kilometers north of Lijiang city, Yunnan Province in southwestern China. It is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, a section of the upper Yangtze River.

The 60-meter-long sling was fixed just 16 meters above the river, which is considered highly dangerous. Zhang set off to cross it at around 10:15 in the morning from the Lijiang side of the river, and walked toward the Shangri-La side.

Due to strong winds during the crossing, along with the roaring river below, Zhang made eight failed attempts. However, after making an adjustment during a short rest, he started his ninth attempt and finally made it, crossing in 5 minutes 58 seconds.

Slacklining is going popular across the world due to its simplicity and versatility. It can be practiced in various environments with few components. It is similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking but differs from tightwires and tightropes in the type of material used and the amount of tension applied.

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