Chinese rooftoppers brought down to earth by police
- Trio of young men go to extreme lengths to win fame on social media
- No safety gear in skyscraper climb
Three daredevils who danced and took videos at the top of a skyscraper in southwestern China were taken away by police in the latest incident of the fad known as rooftopping.
The three men, all in their 20s, were caught as they left the top of the 228 metre (748 feet) New York Tower in the central area of Chongqing on Sunday, after accessing a narrow, unfenced terrace on the roof, Beijing Youth Daily reported.
Among them was Tong Hu, a 24-year-old local rooftopping enthusiast who has about 60,000 followers on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
He and three other men caused controversy last year when they climbed to the tip of the needle at the top of Nanjing’s 450 metre Zifeng Tower and shared selfies of their exploits on social media.
Tong told online news platform Thecover.cn that he never took safety precautions while scaling skyscrapers and also never informed the buildings’ management of his activities.
A lack of protective equipment is common among participants of this dangerous activity, which has been gaining in popularity on the mainland.
The general public became aware of rooftopping in November last year when a 26-year-old man fell to his death from a skyscraper in Changsha, Hunan province.
Wu Yongning is believed to have been rooftopping to win more fans on social media in a bid to receive prizes from the platform.
Han Xiao, a lawyer with the Beijing Kangda law firm, told Beijing Youth Daily that rooftopping was not only dangerous but also violated social security rules.
According to Han, rooftoppers often destroy locks to access the top of buildings and can disrupt public order as people gather below to watch them, jamming traffic.