A couple of Chinese daredevils recently summited the 330-meter China World Trade Center Tower III without any safety equipment.
Documenting their daring (yet admittedly illegal) feat, Chen Xue and her boyfriend/partner in crime, 19-year-old Joseph Lulu, appear to have snuck into the building complex under cover of night. Maybe security in the capital should step up their game. As if Beijing’s tallest structure wasn’t high enough, Lulu continued his ascent on a crane at the top of the building while the sun broke over surprisingly clear blue skies.
People’s Daily reports these atmospheric lovebirds were brought together by a taste for adrenaline. At this point, the pair seems to be a couple of old hands in this extreme sport. Both of their Instagram profiles feature breathtaking skylines and feet dangling high above the streets below.
Chen Xue, who also goes by Claire, describes herself as a lover of typical hobbies like photography and listening to post-rock music as well as roofing. Explaining her fearlessness, Chen explains that the pair decided to schedule their climb when the weather was favorable to avoid dangerously strong winds at such astonishing altitudes. Obviously, free-climbing a skyscraper would be life-threatening while there’s a breeze.
Lulu has more romantic feelings about the activity. A self-described photographer and architect, he captioned a rooftop selfie with this explanation of his passion:
As a city explorer, I m not focusing on ground views but mostly on above views. When you are at above, it’s only you and your city, smile to him, breath from him, abide in him, feeling the peace and joy regardless of how messy or noised on the ground, roads, blocks or streets. Commuting run like thousands flowing streams or dragons. these to you are such infinitesimal. Because the city belongs to you now! Remember never stop exploring, chasing and discovering!
Watch their video below:
This couple’s interests seem to be shared by several other rooftoppers attracted to China’s skyscrapers. The recently completed Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building and second tallest in the world, was scaled twice before construction was even completed. Once by a pair of young men from Henan province who were inspired by On the Roofs’ earlier climb.
This infamous Russian duo has taken China’s tallest structures by storm, releasing videos of their climbs in Shenzhen at Shun Hing Square and up the city’s second tallest skyscraper.
Apparently, not even the Great Wall can hold back the Russians.
By Matthew Patel
[Images via YouTube]