A tight-rope walker in China has broken two world records after crossing a wire suspended 1,607 meters above sea level, passing his pupil on the way.
According to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency, Ahdili Wuxiuer, known as The Prince of Tight-rope Walking, is the first to perform the feat at this altitude.
Ahdili was born in 1971 in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and his father was the five-generation descendant of Dawazi (tightrope walking in the Uygur language). The old man thought Dawaz was quite dangerous and decided not to pass his skills to his son.
Ahdili began to lear nDawaz himself at the age of eight and now is the master of Uygu rDawaz walker among the Uygurs today.
Ahdili, who was hailed by China’s state media as “The King of Sky”, became a living icon in Uygur Dawaz when he made a new Guinness record in 1998 walking across China’s famous Three Gorges in the shortest time-span.
Ahdili also made a Guinness record on October 6, 2000 by successfully walking across a stainless steel rope connecting two peaks on Hengshan Mountain in Hunan Province.
In 2002 Ahdili broke a Guinness World Record for spending a massive 22 days 35 meters above the ground, the China Daily newspaper reported.
According to the paper, Ahdili is a sixth-generation descendant of the Dawaz family, famed for their 430-year history of tightrope walking, a traditional Uighur art form.