Russian daredevils climb 660m building in Shenzhen and capture stunt on video

The climb ends with the pair scaling the crane on the roof of the building. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
The climb ends with the pair scaling the crane on the roof of the building. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
The climb ends with the pair scaling the crane on the roof of the building. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
The climb ends with the pair scaling the crane on the roof of the building. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
At one point, the daredevils manage to break a lock, and high-five to celebrate. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
At one point, the daredevils manage to break a lock, and high-five to celebrate. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
An example of the dizzying views seen from the ascent up the structure. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
An example of the dizzying views seen from the ascent up the structure. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
An example of the dizzying views seen from the ascent up the structure. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
An example of the dizzying views seen from the ascent up the structure. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
Daredevil climbers Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov taking a selfie on top of the crane on the roof of the 660m Ping An International Financial Centre in Shenzhen, China. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE
Daredevil climbers Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov taking a selfie on top of the crane on the roof of the 660m Ping An International Financial Centre in Shenzhen, China. -- PHOTO: ON THE ROOFS/YOUTUBE

SHENZHEN, China - A pair of Russian daredevils have scaled the under-construction Ping An International Financial Centre in Shenzhen and detailed the ascent in a heart-stopping video.

In the four-minute clip uploaded on YouTube, the duo can be seen making their way up the building, which at 660m will be the second-tallest building in the world when it is completed, behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa.

The climb ends with the pair - identified as Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov by The Guardian - scaling the crane on the roof and taking a selfie with the sprawling city as their backdrop.

In a blog post which contains more images from their stunt, they say that they prepared for the climb knowing that the building's guards would be ready for people wanting to climb it. They chose Chinese New Year to make their ascent.

It is not the first time the men have done this. In a video published in February 2014, they are seen making their way to the top of the 632m Shanghai Tower, before climbing a further 18m up a crane. The video has been seen more than 41.8 million times.

Makhorov said in an interview posted on The Huffington Post that he was aware of the extreme danger and that they "wouldn't be too happy if other people followed in our footsteps".

They are not the first to climb the building in Shenzhen. Malaysian photographer Keow Wee Loong did the same on New Year's Eve, reported The Star. He dedicated his climb to the passengers on board AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed in December with no survivors.

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