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Extreme Sports

Hunan offers a variety of opportunities for extreme sports, as well as exploration and appreciation of breathtaking mountain views.

Extreme sports are a great way to get a rush of adrenaline, whether its rushing down the side of a mountain  in a wing-suit, or “spider-man” jumping from the top of a huge building. However that’s not the only reason why people enjoy doing extreme sports.  Extreme sports also provide the opportunity to be outside doing what you love, and to see some truly fantastic views, of which Hunan has plenty.

Wingsuit Flying

If you've ever dreamt of soaring through the air like a superhero, you're not alone. Dreams of flying have captivated human imagination since prehistoric times. Wingsuit flying can make your dreams come true.

Wingsuit flying, known as the King of Extreme Sports, is the ultimate form of unpowered human flightand is honored by being named as one of the top 25 best world inventions in 2013 by TIME magazine.

If you are a fan of the sport, don’t miss the chance to visit the hottest place for wingsuit flying events, Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Hunan.

From  2011 through2014, four major wingsuit activities have been held at Tianmen.

Spider-man Climbing

Austrian “spiderman” Michael Kemeter scaled a nearly 900-foot tower without ropes in Changsha, Hunan. The 23-year-old daredevil completed his feat by jumping from the top of the tower with a bright green parachute as excited spectators cheered for his safe landing.

Gliding across the Xiangjiang River

Yang Longfei, an amateur hang glider from Hebei province, soared across the Xiangjiang River in Changsha, Central China's Hunan Province. After successfully covering a distance of 1,500 meters, Yang became the first person in the world to complete an unpowered flight within a city.

72-hour Survival Challenge on Steel Wire

A man from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region challenged himself by spending 72 hours on a 70-meter-long steel wire, 50 meters above the ground without any protection in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province.

2015 Wingsuit Flying Carpet Challenge

On August 11, Espen Fadnes and Bjoern Magne Bakke Bryn from Norway challenged an extreme sport "wingsuit flying carpet" on the Tianmen Mountain of Zhangjiajie Scenic Area. At about 8:00 am, the challenge began. Bejoern jumped off a helicopter first, stretching the parachute and freely flying in the blue sky and mountains. Later, Espen in a wingsuit leapt off the cliff from top of the mountain, dropping at a high speed like a free-falling body. At this time, Bejoern appeared upon him, and began chasing Espen. After adjustments, Bejoern successfully stood on Espen’s back, presenting a venturous picture of "wingsuit flying carpet", which is quite striking and surprising.