Martial arts fan shows off 'Single-Bamboo Drifting' stunt

2022-07-19 Editor : Luo Pan ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- Dressed as a "Swordsman", Pan Haitao stood on a bamboo, drifting on the river through the urban area of Jilin City, Jilin Province on Saturday.

In a red ancient costume with a bamboo hat on his head and a jade pendant dangling on his belt, his performance attracted much attention from tourists.

The 42-year-old martial arts fan recently made a stir online because of his martial arts skill shown in a video of crossing the Songhua River, which is more than 500 meters wide.

Pan said the skill he mastered is called "Single-Bamboo Drifting", a national intangible cultural heritage, and a folk stunt traditionally performed by various people inhabiting the Chishui River Basin in Guizhou Province. The bamboo for drifting across the river which is 8 meters in length, about 15 centimeters in diameter, and about 35-40 kilograms in weight, is often placed in the water along the riverbank of the Songhua River.

Pan said that the reason why he chooses to practice "Single-Bamboo Drifting" is that he wants to realize his martial arts dream, a dream he has had since childhood.

Pan is both a businessman and a martial arts fan, with a particular interest in watching Hong Kong martial arts movies. He also pushed himself to lose 10 kilograms for better performance.

Pan said it's hard to maintain balance and sustain physical strength while standing on the bamboo for drifting. The drifting is highly unstable because of the great fluidity of the Songhua River. Also, as a fan of winter swimming and a good swimmer, he rapidly mastered the skills of "Single-Bamboo Drifting". Even so, he has fallen off the bamboo pole and got bumps and bruises time and again in the last two years, but he has never changed his mind to learn and pass on the skills of "Single-Bamboo Drifting".


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