Tightrope Walking, A Uyghur Tradition




In June 2010, “Prince of the Sky” Adili Hoshur spent 60 days living and performing on a tightrope above the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, setting a new world record and bringing the art of Uyghur tightrope walking to the world stage.

Adili’s stunts on the rope showcased the techniques of Uyghur tightrope walking, known as darwaz, that his own family has been practicing for over 430 years. Darwaz has an even longer history in the Uyghur homeland of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China's far northwest, and has appeared in the legends, art, and literature of the region for over a thousand years.

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