MACAU- CHINA- Jump Off the Tower- Extreme Sports on the 58th Floor of the Macau Tower.- Travel-
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman and Macau Tower)
I was surprised to find so many extreme sports in one place, the first adventure course of its kind in the world. The 10th tallest free-standing tower in the world and the 8th tallest in Asia, the Macau Tower is a world record-breaker. This tower also offers extraordinary dining, entertainment, convention facilities, and an adventure center.
Their 58th floor indoor observation deck lounge is surrounded by windows for views as far as 34 miles and a thick glass floor in case you wish to look straight down. Anyone daring enough to take a chance with one of their adventure courses has to done a special flight jump suit.
This is the perfect spot to watch the Skyjump or take the glass elevator up to the top of the tower, the 61st floor’s outdoor observation deck. This is where it all happens, where most of the adventures begin! Participants walk to the outer rim and if they can take the first step to jump off the ledge, they will fly through the Macanese sky at 46 miles an hour. It is similar to a bungee jump but the Skyjump is a controlled aerial trip involving no rebound or hanging upside down. A cable is attached to the person’s harness and he/she is ready to jump.
First the jumper is stopped parallel to the indoor observation deck lounge for a few seconds in order to allow people to snap photos, and then allowed to drop down with a gentle landing 61 floors to the bottom of the tower.
The Skyjump was based on the principle of “Fan Descenders”, a technology used in skydiving training and performing “falling stunts” in movies.
Almost every part of the tower is designed to support extreme sport courses around its body, legs, shaft, beams, and mast. During Skywalk X, you walk around the outer edge of the top of the tower just like you see them do in the movies. There are NO handrails!
Everyone is harnessed, attached to a cable, a world-first overhead rail system for safety. Groups participating in team building walk along the ledge blindfolded lead by the only person without a blindfold.
Sky walk takes you under the pod of the tower, around an outdoor, open bridge with a see-through metal grate. I think the most strenuous of all challenges is climbing up the masts vertical ladders, 328′ above the tower, or 1,108′ above the ground. The first of its kind in the world, Ironwork weaves around the legs of the tower at a height of 26′ and takes 20 minutes to complete. The youngest participant was 19 months and the oldest, a 96 year old man.
After watching all of the people jumping off the tower, walking around the edge of the roof, climbing the mast, and performing all of the other adrenaline-pumping challenges, I decided to take the elevator down to the main floor to try one of their six great restaurants.