A big hit: A daredevil pair scales the world’s second tallest building.


I believe many of you have seen the video above right? If you didn’t see it, it’s about two masked men filming how they trespassed the construction site of Shanghai Tower and climb to the top of the highest crane for a breathtaking view looking down below. It has been widely shared throughout Facebook. The video had just been published on Youtube for two days and had now garnered over 7 million views already. It’s a big hit. It would be weird if this clip didn’t get your attention.

The two in the video are Russian adventurers; Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov. They can easily sneaked into the construction site with no people around noticing. I guessed they did this during Chinese New Year when all the construction workers were in holiday and that they enter during midnight, hence no one saw them. But the most daring thing they have done was that they climbed to the crane located at the top of the tower with bare hands. No safety gear or rope. No safety measures at all. If they made a small careless step, they could have fall down over 600 metres to the ground and died. Furthermore, strong wind up there could easily makes them off balance too.

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If I was them, I would have been very satisfied reaching the top of the building. They did one step further by climbing the crane too, till the top end of it where they were approximately 650 metres above ground. I would have fainted. This video is not for those fear of height. They were truly daredevils. Some may call them insane too. But the panorama offered from that point of view is truly magnificent! Amazing bird-eye view. Really cool! They were smart to have brought high-definition camera to capture some amazing views to share to the world. Even the neighbouring skyscrapers; Shanghai World Financial Center and Jin Mao Tower look small here. Shanghai Tower is really a massive supertall building. Once completed (expected completion next year), Shanghai Tower will be the second tallest building in the world (just behind Burj Khalifa) with a height of 632 metres. I always love this skyscraper and I do keep in touch with its construction progress over the years.

On the other hand, it’s both Valentine’s Day and Chap Goh Meh today! Chap Goh Meh, the fifteenth day (last day of celebration) of Chinese New Year festival is also regarded as Chinese Valentine’s Day. It’s also my last day to collect angpows! And coincidentally, for this year, it falls on 14th February, the same day as the Valentine’s Day. This occurrence only happened once every 19 years. Next will be on year 2033. Anyway, Happy Valentine’s Day to all the loving couples and Happy Chap Goh Meh to all Chinese!

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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