A university graduate who snuck past security and climbed to the roof of a 200-meter high building in Beijing has attracted the attention of netizens and authorities after posting images of the stunt online. It’s reported that the man scaled the Wangjing SOHO building without any fancy climbing equipment, and was pictured perched on the roof wearing ordinary sportswear and carrying only a black backpack.
“After half a month of preparation and testing, finally I stand atop the landmark in Wangjing,” the climber wrote on a post to his Weibo account. “Zaha Hadid’s pinnacle is really sexy,” he added, referring to the Iraqi-British architect who designed the skyscraper.
The post was widely shared on Weibo, where hundreds of web users complimented the daredevil’s feat. The chairman of SOHO China, Pan Shiyi, meanwhile, reminded web users that the act was illegal and has affected security guards working at the building.
The young man is an architecture graduate, according to NetEase News. He revealed to media that he started training for the climb half a month ago by doubling his regular running routine. He added that he’d carried out calculations and measurements for the climbing route and time, and had observed the security activity as well as the positions of the surveillance cameras around the building.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen urban explorers scale China’s towering landmarks. Last year, two young Chinese men climbed the Shanghai Tower, seemingly after being inspired by the Russian daredevil duo Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via Tencent]