This is the moment a tourist deliberately jumps up and down on a riverbank before plunging 20 feet into a narrow gorge when the ground finally gives way.
The accident, which fortunately did not prove fatal, was captured on camera by witnesses on the banks of the river Zhulong in Li County in North China’s Hebei Province.
They were amongst several dozen tourists who had gathered to watch the rushing white water during the seasonal discharge of the Wangkuai Reservoir upstream.
In the video, the tourist can be seen holding his phone in his hand while jumping up and down on a piece of earth which appears to be cracked and crumbling.
Despite the obvious risk of plunging into the narrow gorge, the man continues to bounce on the riverbank until it finally breaks and he disappears over the edge.
According to reports, he fell roughly 6 metres (20 feet) into the muddy river but managed to climb back to land further downstream.
He was not seriously injured but lost his mobile phone in the process.
The county’s Water Resources Bureau said the reservoir discharge began in April and is scheduled to end on 1st June.
Security personnel are tasked with patrolling the banks of Zhulong River during this period, but they have urged members of the public to avoid the spectacle for their own safety.