Shanghai Tower, World's Second Tallest Building, Climbed by Two Guys -- Before It's Finished

Posted Feb 12th 2014 12:17 PMUpdated Feb 13th 2014 01:33 PM


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YouTube/raskalovitThe view from the top of Shanghai Tower.
At 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is set to be the world's second tallest building when it opens later this year. So for most travelers, it's not a destination yet. These two guys, however, want to beat the line and get a jump start on the view.

Some background on the Shanghai Tower climb via Reddit, purportedly from one of the climbers:

Few months ago me and dedmaxopka planned to travel to Chinese largest cities, starting from Hong Kong and ending in Shanghai. Our maing goal was the tallest construction in the world - Shanghai Tower, which is still under construction, it's height is little over 650 metres at the moment, which makes it second tallest building after Burj Khalifa in Emirates.

Knowing about strict Chinese laws, we prepared quite thoroughly for this and chose the most approriate date - Chinese New Year. During this holiday security was less vigilant, there were no workers on the site and construction cranes didn't work. We sneaked into the site during the midnight, then climbed 120 flours for two hours and had to sleep almost 18 hours on the site waiting for a good weather.

The two climbers are Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, both from Russia, according to Joe.IE. While the building was 632 meters, the crane at its top brings their total climb to 650 meters, or 2,132 feet. That's 0.4 miles. That's also insane.

Do yourself a favor before playing this YouTube video of the Shanghai Tower ascent: go full-screen. It's possibly even more nausea-inducing than the video of Felix Baumgartner's insane space jump, so don't be afraid to avert your gaze should looking down on Shanghai's other skyscrapers make you dizzy. The climb starts around 1:30, but you really should watch the whole video.

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[H/T Reddit]

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