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Hot Balloons/Tight Rope Walker

A performer from northwest China attempted to walk a tightrope strung between two hot air balloons on Saturday (August 6), but failed after slipping dramatically, Chinese state media reported.

Saimaiti Aishan, a member of northwest China's Uighur Muslim ethnic group who have practised tightrope walking - or 'Dawazi' - for centuries, set off carefully from one balloon 100 meters above the ground, broadcaster CCTV showed.

Hundreds watched from lush rice paddies in Shaoyang in China's central Hunan province as he kept his balance on the 15-meter wire, wobbling precariously as the balloons drifted with the wind.

Earlier in the morning, Saimaiti Aishan had completed the same challenge at 30 metres off the ground in just five minutes.

But this time, as he neared the other side after just two minutes, he lost balance and fell from the wire, hanging on by his arms and a fortuitous safety harness high above gasping crowds and media.

The balloons were then lowered towards the ground, leaving Saimaiti Aishan far from danger, but no closer to achieving his 100 meter challenge.


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