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The crane position

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Plenty of towns and cities in China are known for producing something well known (most famously Moutai, a prestigious baijiu alcohol of the same name).

Liuzhou in Guangxi is celebrated for something rather different: growing the wood regarded as the best for making coffins. But last week it made headlines for something else: the invention of ‘air yoga’. This happened after a group of women from a local yoga school caused a sensation by posting photos of themselves in various mid-air poses. Their intention was to take photos of themselves amid the city’s blossoming bauhinia trees. So as not to damage the tree branches, they hired a crane and hung off it, striking poses in their leotards. The images were then posted on WeChat and soon went viral as netizens marvelled at the lengths they’d gone to for the unique snaps. A “sense of beauty and danger,” one fan applauded of the shots. With the danger in mind, the yoga school later told media that only students with professional training were allowed to dangle from the crane.


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