Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the Hunan province of China is home to towering cliffs and mountain formations, famous for being the inspiration for the fictional world ‘Pandora’ in the James Cameron film Avatar.
And now slackliners are paying homage to the film by competing in a terrifying, high-altitude competition dressed as Na’vi, the people that inhabit Pandora.
The daredevils walked on a slackline an inch wide and 459 feet long, suspended 3,500 feet high above Zhangjiajie’s jagged cliffs on Sunday, December 23 — all in blue face and body makeup and elaborate costumes.
A UNESCO-protected park, Zhangjiajie’s quartz and sandstone formations are found nowhere else in the world. Some 243 peaks and more than 3000 karst pinnacles and spires dominate the landscape at this stunning site, making it a surreal, almost alien-like backdrop for this contest.
This was not the only time slackliners performed jaw-dropping stunts at Zhangjiajie.
In May, three female slackliners competed in a contest also held at the national forest, walking a 230-feet long slackline while wearing stiletto heels. French slackline Mimi Guedson took home the top prize at that contest.
Beautiful article by: Stephanie Valera