Nimble Ma Jei astonished tourists when she
scrambled 70ft up a virtually sheer castle wall in eastern China – just to dodge
the £2.50 admission fee.
Thrifty Jei – who had no rope or safety
equipment – told fellow visitors she’d grown up in Nanjing, Jiangsu province,
climbing the walls of Zhonghau Castle since childhood and had never once paid to
But unfortunately her stunt encouraged other
visitors to follow her example – with two falling and breaking their legs and
three others having to be rescued by police.
‘She ran up the wall like a goat and made it
look easy. But when people tried it for themselves they saw it wasn’t quite as
simple as they thought,’ explained one tourist