Chinese man walks high wire on 60-cm stilts

15:26, October 27, 2010      

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Saimaiti Yiming walks the length of the 22-meter-long high wire 12 meters above ground while on a pair of 60 centimeter-high stilts at the Urumqi Water Park on Oct. 26. (photo:

Saimaiti Yiming, also known as the "King of Stilts," a man from Shanshan County in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, walked the length of the 22-meter-long high wire 12 meters above ground while on a pair of 60 centimeter-high stilts at the Urumqi Water Park on Oct. 26.

Reporters witnessed many people who spontaneously came to watch the show, including Saimaiti's mother who came to cheer for her son.

"I have been so worried these days. I hope that my son will succeed and I am also very proud of him," his mother said.

At 4 p.m. on Oct. 26, Saimaiti appeared at the park wearing traditional Uighur clothes and a Uighur flower hat, and walked onto the performance stage.

He said that it is not difficult for him to walk on a high wire with stilts in rain and snow, but he is worried about the wind, because the challenge will be difficult in third-degree winds or above.

However, the Xinjiang Weather Station predicted that the highest temperature on Oct. 26 was eight degrees Celsius while the lowest temperature was only one degrees Celsius accompanied by third-degree winds.

Reporters saw that the corners of Saimaiti's loose-fitting clothes were blown up by the wind when he was standing on the 12-meter-high performance stage.

Fortunately, he completed his walk successfully.

The website contributed to this story.

By People's Daily Online


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