A man from Shaanxi province tragically fell to his death on Sunday after a tightrope he was biking across snapped 50 meters above a Hunan province gorge.
The victim, a 40-year-old man identified as Yang, was performing an extreme stunt that involves two people—one who rides a bike attached to the tightrope and another brave soul who dangles below.
Dozens of daredevils have attempted similar feats, with the highest bicycle crossing on tightrope completed by an American citizen at 72.5 meters above ground. China has become a popular setting for such spectacles, as its tall skyscrapers and mountainous regions offer prime height for those looking to take a stroll hundreds of meters above the ground.
Halfway through the recent crossing in Hunan, however, onlookers watched in horror as the tightrope snapped.
Yang, who was riding the bicycle, fell to the bottom of the gorge while, miraculously, his partner Xu managed to grab onto the rope. Xu hung on for dear life until being rescued and sustained only minor injuries.
The manager of a Henan-based company that manufactured the equipment has been taken into custody, CCTV reports.