Towering feat for parachutists

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 August, 2003, 12:00am

An international group of parachutists will leap off the country's tallest building, the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, to mark National Day in the mainland's first such performance.

The 20 parachutists will make the jump from the 88-storey building on October 5, falling and gliding to the ground 380 metres below, the Jinmao Group said. 'This will raise awareness of Shanghai and the Jinmao Tower,' a Jinmao official said.

'After Sars, we want to increase people's confidence in travelling to Shanghai.'

The group will include jumpers from Norway, the United States, France and Russia.

The Jinmao official said the company had contacted parachuting associations in those countries but had yet to make the final selection for participants.

They will jump both singly and in small groups, some trailing coloured smoke from their feet. The company hoped two mainland parachutists would make the jump following special training, the official said.

The mainland has high-altitude parachutists but none with experience at this type of jump.

The company recommends the best vantage point to view the spectacle will be in the historic Bund district, on the opposite side of the Huangpu River from the building.