The new-ish headquarters of CCTV in Beijing got its first wash since it was unveiled in 2010. The price to clean up the home of China’s biggest state-run broadcaster? A whopping 500,000 RMB, according to NetEase News.
A group of cleaners dangled on safety ropes to give the outer walls of the 234-meter-tall skyscraper a good scrubbing, and hopefully without any sudden gusts of wind disturbing them.
It took a whole 40 days to clean up the landmark of the city.
The skyscraper was completed in June 2012, following a small setback caused by a massive fire that broke out at the north annex in February 2009. The building’s “unique” design has led to the architectural marvel being nicknamed da kucha, or “big underpants” (please refer to: this lovely edit of CCTV’s “big underpants” on top of the People’s Daily “penis building”.)
In case you hadn’t already figured it out, cleaning the windows of China’s many skyscrapers is a freaky job. Last week, window washers experienced a terrifying ride when a sudden gust of wind sent them crashing into the 91st floor of Shanghai’s World Financial Center.
Watch it here!
HORRIFYING! Window cleaners at Shanghai's World Financial Centre sent flying around at 92 storeys by strong winds. Elevated work platform rams into windows a few times and cracks the glass. Fortunately no lives were lost, and the cleaners escaped with minor injuries. But they were left rather traumatised by the incident, and understandably so.READ MORE: http://shst.me/aas
Posted by Shanghaiist on Saturday, April 4, 2015
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]