A man with a disability from south-western China has become famous for climbing down sheer rock faces without any equipment.
Fifty-two-year-old Huang Xiaobao has made headlines on the Chinese internet for rock-climbing despite having a paralysed leg since he was a small child. Huang, who is of the Miao ethnic minority, has practised the art of cliff-climbing without harnesses or safety equipment since the age of 12.
Free-climbing is a traditional skill in some Miao families, and Huang learned to climb with his father. The Miao people are one of 55 ethnic minority groups that are officially recognised in China. Around eleven to twelve million Miao people live in south-western China, including a large population in Guizhou province, where Huang is from.
During his climbs, Huang collects items like swallow faeces and saltpeter from ledges and small caves. The bird poo can be sold to local farmers as fertiliser, while saltpeter is used in making explosives. Sometimes, Huang also collects herbs that are used in traditional Chinese medicines.