Your Ultimate Guide to Skydiving in China
“Why would I want to go skydiving in China?” I hear you say. Well, the first reason would be because it’s an awesome experience. The second reason is that China has one of the most varied and exotic landscapes on the planet. There’s more to China than just views of the great wall. From the mountains of Yunnan to the vast farmlands of Shanxi, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to skydiving views.
So, if you’re ready to suck up the courage (or get back out there for those of you with experience), consider China as your next skydiving location. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to where to go, just make sure you’re ready when it comes time to jump! This Chinese Grandma has the guts, so you should too!
Is it safe?
First up, a question which has been asked more than once: is it safe? Well, of course, it’s safe. There are strict regulations which are followed by those who will take you Skydiving, and which you must also adhere to.
You may have heard about these being occasionally bent, but that’s not the case with professional skydiving centers. Everything which is done is to add to your enjoyment, and instructors and helpers ensure that you are entirely safe the entire time.
If you want to jump on your own, you are only allowed to do so if you have a skydiving license. Training courses for this are offered at many of the different centers. It’s in their best interests to keep you safe and happy, that way you’re more likely to recommend them and come back again.
Types of Sky diving available
The Tandem Jump
The Most likely option for most. The Tandem jump is where you’ll attach yourself to another person and won’t have to worry about (not) deploying your chute. It’s relatively simple and very safe! Best for those who just want to jump out of a plane. If you want to do it on your own though….
The Solo Jump
If you want to solo jump, you’re going to need a license. They’re easy to pick up, as long as you’ve done a training course. Make sure that you bring your license with you. The centers are very strict about who they let jump out of a plane by themselves (for obvious reasons). If you don’t have your license, it’s also certain they’ll say no.
If you’re looking to pick up a license while in China…
If you’re looking to take up skydiving as a hobby really and want to do AFF (accelerated freefall) training. The China Greatsky skydiving club is great for those who want to learn skydiving in China because it offers the AFF training course.
This is the fastest way to experience solo freefall from 10,000 – 15,000 feet above ground level. If you have a bit of time to invest in getting yourself ready for skydiving, then head along and give it a go.
The Romantic Jump
Have you ever thought of Ariel advertising? This doesn’t just mean for companies but can include a romantic wedding proposal, or Valentine ’s Day jumps.
Tuofeng Skydiving gives you the option to make a romantic, tailor made a jump. There are several locations throughout China, including Guangdong, Yangjiang; Xi’an, Shanxi; Hebei, Pingquan; Yunnan, PuEr; Chongqing, Qianjiang; and Hebei, Shijiazhuang. Where you decide is really up to you, but Tuofeng is unique in the number of different experiences they offer.
Where to go
There are several places to go skydiving in China, throughout the country. Depending on what you’re looking for, they each offer their own unique views and experiences. Look below to see the most popular spots for Skydiving in China.
This Southern province of China was bound to offer Skydiving. Setting off from Heshan Airport in Yangdong County, Yangjiang, Guangdong’s skydiving offers you some exclusive views of this mountainous and hilly province.
Yangjiang itself is right next to the sea. Meaning that if you want to catch some sea views from up high, then Guangdong’s skydiving center is probably the best bet. With the provinces naturally hilly terrain, you’ll be surrounding yourself with the best of both on land and off land worlds.
If you decide to go skydiving in Shanxi, then expect to depart from Neifu Airport in Pucheng County, Xi’an City, Shanxi Province. For skydiving in China, Shanxi offers unique terrain and views from your high altitude jumping vantage point. You might also find yourself departing from Yaocheng Airport in Shanxi’s capital city of Taiyuan.
Shanxi’s terrain is varied, sporting rivers, mountains, and the Zhonghua basin. No matter where you leave from though, you’ll end up seeing the region’s unbelievably vast farmlands.
Skydiving in Yunnan takes place in Pu’er, South of the capital of the province of Kunming, and near China’s border with Myanmar and Laos. What’s great about this is that as you approach the western edge of Yunnan, the province starts to increase in altitude as it prepares to collide with the Himalayas.
For all you hopeful skydivers out there, this is great news! You’re going to be able to see some incredible views from your aerial jump point – and on the way down!
The only problem with Yunnan is that it can be a bit out of the way if you’re coming from outside of China. It’s located in China’s southwest, which isn’t as developed of a province as China’s eastern areas. However, taking a plane to Kunming from one of China’s eastern metropolises is relatively easy and cheap.
Chongqing is located just south of Sichuan province. You’ll find yourself amongst some incredible natural Karst formations and winding rivers if you decide to take the jump from here. The plane will take off from Wuling Mountain Airport in the Qianjiang District of Chongqing City.
Chongqing should be at the top of your list if you want to see truly exotic Chinese terrain.