Shanghai: View from Up Top

February 13, 2014

Found on YouTube: vertigo inducing video of Russian daredevils climbing the Shanhai Tower, the still-under-construction second tallest building in the world.

Fun to watch, and instructive bird’s eye view of Chinese “air” quality.


Severe pollution in Beijing has made the Chinese capital “barely suitable” for living, according to an official Chinese report, as the world’s second-largest economy tries to reduce often hazardous levels of smog caused by decades of rapid growth.

Pollution is a rising concern for China’s stability-obsessed leaders, keen to douse potential unrest as affluent city dwellers turn against a growth-at-all-costs economic model that has tainted much of the country’s air, water and soil.

The report, by the Beijing-based Social Science Academic Press and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, ranked the Chinese capital second worst out of 40 global cities for its environmental conditions, official media reported on Thursday.

China’s smog has brought some Chinese cities to a near standstill, caused flight delays and forced schools to shut.

4 Responses to “Shanghai: View from Up Top”

  1. I guess thats why they big such tall towers, to finally get a breather. 🙂

  2. climatestate Says:

    China’s Plan to Clean Up Air in Cities Will Doom the Climate, Scientists Say
    Coal-to-gas projects in rural areas could double carbon footprint of fuel burned in cities, spelling disaster for earth’s climate, warn scientists.

  3. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    F$#k#&g #£11!!!

  4. rayduray Says:

    Thanks Peter,

    This video has just passed 3.6 MM views. Quite a phenomenon.

    I’m reminded of “Man on Wire”.

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