SPECIAL NOTE: These young men and others like them want to be ROOFTOPPERS…a dangerous game or sport in modern China. And they are doing it without safety equipment. Many years ago, two friends and I (one was a medical student, and two were college graduates) went out to climb a steep mountain without any preparation…without the right equipment or tools to help us. Soon it was dark, very dark, and we were trying to descend…getting lost and falling time and time again…but able to cling on to some bushes as we were falling down the mountain. That night we were able to find some water, muddy water to drink..first we could not see where we were, and secondly we were dying of thirst…how stupid I thought to myself later…we could have died for our stupidity…3 educated stupid idiots…trying to climb a mountain without training, preparation and the right equipment. So when I read the tragedy of one young man in China, who died falling down from his daring rooftopping, my heart was numb, I had no feeling for him or his death or his stupidity…I often wonder why would anyone…many in the world, engage in dangerous sporting event (extreme sports)…for what? Death is certain! There are so many exciting sports for you out there…do not risk your life…for fame and fortune? Happy Holidays, Steve December 16, 2017
Chinese rooftopping star confirmed dead after fatal fall from skyscraper
News of accident comes month after Wu Yongning took on rooftopping challenge with prize money of US$15,000
Monday, 11 December, 2017,
Alice Shen SCMP
A 26-year-old Chinese rooftopping enthusiast has been confirmed dead more than a month after the popular online star abruptly stopped posting videos on Weibo.
Police said Wu Yongning fell to his death from the 62-storey Huayuan Hua Centre, one of the tallest buildings in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, on November 8.
The rooftopping challenge had come with 100,000 yuan (US$15,000) in prize money, his family were quoted as saying by Xiaoxiang Morning Herald on Saturday. No details were given about who the sponsor was.
Wu, from Ningxiang in Hunan, worked as an extra in films before turning to a career in rooftopping. He began posting his daredevil exploits on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, in February. With more than a million followers,
Wu regularly featured in advertisements on social media and live-streaming platforms.
His girlfriend, identified only by her surname Fu, called police on November 9 after he failed to return, The Beijing News reported on Monday.
‘It made my mum cry‘: Daredevil teenager tells how Hong Kong ‘rooftopping’ video upset family
Wu might have risked his life to take home the prize money, his step-uncle Feng Shengliang was quoted as saying.
“He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” Feng said. “He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.”
Wu was famous for scaling skyscrapers without any safety equipment, relying only on “martial arts training and careful planning”, according to one of his posts on Weibo. He had shared nearly 300 videos of his adventures atop various buildings in China, the report said.
Chinese daredevils risk 450m fall for the sake of a rooftopping selfie
Thrill-seekers film themselves hanging from spire of Nanjing’s tallest building
Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 1:49pm
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A group of young men who climbed onto the top of a 450-metre high building in Jiansu filmed themselves hanging precariously off the edge – all for the sake of a few “rooftopping” selfies.
The members of a Chongqing group dedicated to the daredevil activity, climbed Nanjing’s tallest building, the 89-storey Zifeng Tower, and took selfies while hanging off the edge of its two-metre square spire.
Tong Hu, one of the group’s members, said he was “lucky enough” this time since they were usually intercepted by the security guard staff who are worried that people climbing to the tops of buildings are trying to commit suicide.
Tong said he has carried out similar stunts on all of the skyscrapers in Chongqing. He added that his group of “rooftoppers” never take any kind of safety measures to protect themselves as they “get used to” it.
The report quoted a police officer as saying anyone climbing onto a rooftop without permission could be charged with public order offences.
An officer of the building said he did not even know how the rooftoppers got into the roof as the door is usually locked.
The images sparked plenty of online comments.
One Weibo user suggested: “You guys should take a set of mahjong to the roof next time.”
But another warned that the group of rooftoppers were playing with their lives and urged them to consider what would happen in the event of an accident.