Airborne athletes assemble in Taizhou for sky showdown | Updated: 2023-11-16

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A paraglider at the Anji Mountain International Paragliding Base. [Photo/]

Paragliders from around the world gathered in Taizhou, Zhejiang province on Nov 5 to compete in the 5th Anji Mountain International Paragliding Open. With 50 participants showcasing their skills, the event offered up an exciting display of paragliding expertise.

Taking place at the Anji Mountain International Paragliding Base, the competition required participants to complete paragliding tasks within a specified time frame. The winner was determined based on the fastest completion time.

Wu Shicai, a contestant from Guangzhou, expressed his excitement about participating in the competition. Having been involved in paragliding for five years and participating in several professional competitions in China, he looked forward to competing against industry experts at Anji Mountain.

Peng Yue, a participant from Tianjin, praised the competition at Anji Mountain. Surrounded by mountains and with a plain in the middle, the location provided an ideal setting for paragliding races. The excellent air conditions made it easier for contestants to complete their tasks.

Anji Mountain International Paragliding Base, the first paragliding base in Taizhou containing all necessary facilities, offered an altitude of 880 meters and a relative height of 700 meters from takeoff to landing. With an average airtime of about 20 minutes and over 200 flyable days per year, the base has been attracting nearly 20,000 visitors daily since its completion in 2016.