Preparing for China’s Biggest Leap of Faith: The Macau Tower Bungy JumpAdventure Travel, China — By Alex B on May 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm
By Chantal and Carolyn Moclair
Exclusive to the Lost Girls
As self-proclaimed “Adrenaline Twunkies,” (twin junkies), we have a thirst for thrill-seeking activities. First we conquered Queenstown, New Zealand by leaping headfirst from the world’s first AJ Hackett Bungy site, the Kawarau Bridge. Since then we’ve tried to hold onto our hats (and our lunch) as we spun 180 degrees and dodged sticky sand bars while jet-boating over a crystalline river, then risked it all in Rotorua by climbing into a Zorb –a giant, plastic human-hamster ball—and trusting that our roll 200 meters down a hill would be rewarding rather than regrettable. We’ve been dogsledding in Canada, jet-skiing in the Bahamas, and banana-boating in Brazil. So when we found ourselves in Macau, China, we knew we had to take the ultimate plunge; Jump from the Macau Tower (attached to a bungy cord of course; this was no suicide mission!). At 233 meters (764 feet), the Macau Tower Bungy is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Highest Bungy Jump; a thrill-seekers dream… or nightmare, depending on how one prepares for it. By learning from our own experiences, we’ve created a list of Do’s and Don’ts on how to tackle the Tower.
Do: Save your pennies, as this is an expensive venture. At about $400 US per jump, this leap does not come cheap. You can also pay extra for videos, pictures, and the “gift” of a chunk of bungy cord. If you’re willing to shell out the money, then you will soar above the skyline, experiencing one of the most adrenaline-fueled ways to survey the pretty city of Macau.
Don’t: Watch youtube videos of others doing the Macau Tower Bungy Jump in preparation for your own! We did that and were psyching ourselves out, concerned about the height of the jump and the seemingly never-ending free-fall. We almost backed out from doing it, and if we had, we would have regretted it immensely. It was the experience of a lifetime!
Do:Bring a support team, even if it’s one other person like a dad or a twin sister. We brought each other (of course) and our dad. A support team can lend words of wisdom and give you the encouragement you need to complete the jump and ultimately believe in yourself. (Nice dads can also lend starving students the money they need to fund the free-fall).
Don’t: Research the fatality rate of bungy jumping. Just don’t do it. It’s not a common way to die, so forget about it. Don’t even think about it. Don’t let your concerned mother convince you you’ll die, because you won’t. The safety record of AJ Hackett is impeccable!
Do: Book your jump in advance. The fastest and easiest way you can do this is online. You can book your package, your time-slot, date of jump, and avoid disappointment.
Don’t: Panic. The worst thing that can happen is that a thrill-seekers dream turns into a nightmare when the gravity of the situation hits: You realize there is no place to go but down, and no backing out now. Signing the paperwork is intimidating (they aren’t responsible if you die, after-all), but don’t let it discourage you. You’re safe in the hands of the experts on the setup team. Listen to them carefully and do what they tell you. You’ll be fine!
Don’t: Look down. Especially when they tell you not to. (Carolyn did this more than once, and they kept advising her not to). The view is daunting.
Do: Relax and have fun. Like we’ve said, it truly is the experience of a lifetime. You can’t back out during the 6 second free-fall, and you’ve conquered the worst part; inching toward the edge of the platform, so just enjoy it!
Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the Macau Tower that rises majestically into the sky in the “Las Vegas of Asia” offers more than just a unique structure; it offers the chance to conquer your fears and check one off the bucket-list! Even offering night-jumping or backwards jumping, as well as a Sky-Walk and Sky-Jump for those that are more “faint of heart;” at the Macau Tower, the sky’s the limit!
After settling your bill, collecting your free Macau Bungy t-shirt and weighing yourself, you’re all set to get strapped in for the ultimate thrill. And in case you’re wondering, Chantal jumped first. Being the “older” twin, she had to set an example. (Actually, it’s because she weighed more. In your party, they choose the order based on whoever weighs the most — which can lead to regret over that extra dumpling at dinner the night before). As we were being filmed pre-bungy (last words, as we joked), we wished our friend a happy 22nd birthday, told our parents and each other ‘I Love You’, and prepared for the most exhilarating activity we would face in Asia. We lived to tell about it, and spread the word of the Macau Tower Bungy Jump.
Chantal and Carolyn Moclair are identical twin sisters with a great love of travel! They were bitten by the travel bug at the early age of three months old while in Brazil for their first trip abroad. Twenty two years later, they’ve traveled to 40 different countries with no plans of stopping. Recently graduated from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada with an undergraduate degree in Honors Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, they will soon be embarking on another adventure: Completing a year-long Master’s Degree in Publishing at Kingston University in London, England. They both have big plans for the future, hoping to embark on a Lost Girls journey of their own one day.
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