Water floating on the Ayi River
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- On September 25, a man in yellow standing on the river, stepping on a long bamboo pole, holding a bamboo pole in his hand, paddling forward, retreating against the flow, and doing push-ups on the bamboo pole on the water of Ayi River, Pengshui, Chongqing, reminded people of the "floating on the water" in the martial arts novel.
The man who can "float on the water" is Zhao Fei. What he performed is a unique folk stunt, bamboo floating.
Zhao Fei, performing bamboo floating (Photographed by Liao Wei)
Zhao Fei, 30, is a bamboo rafter and lifeguard at the Bamboo Banqiao Tourist Service Center of Ayi River Scenic Area. On an occasion, Zhao Fei saw the performance of bamboo floating, which reminded him of his childhood, and then he decided to learn this skill.
Zhao Fei, doing push-ups on the water (Photographed by Liao Wei)
Zhao Fei was performing his stunts for tourists. He paddled on bamboo poles of 7 or 8 meters long, drifting on the water like treading on the flat ground. After a while he was half-sunk and half-floating with the bamboo pole he was treading on, and then he put down the bamboo pole in his hand to do push-ups. A series of skilled and wonderful performances amazed the tourists presented.
Zhao Fei, performing bamboo floating like treading on the ground (Photographed by Liao Wei)
Now, Zhao Fei often performs in Ayi River during every spring and autumn. He said that many people liked to watch his performance, which can bring pleasure to tourists, and he felt very gratified for that.
Bamboo floating is a unique folk stunt originating in Chishui River Basin in Qianjiang. In the 9th National Minority Traditional Sports Meeting in 2011, it was listed as a sport item for the first time. (Translated by Luo Juan, Fathom Language Limited)