[Photo] Skyscraper Window Cleaners in China

If you walk around the central business district in Beijing you are surrounded by the jungle of towers where most of them have just been built in the last ten years or so and the number of skyscrapers is still growing in China. If you look at the numbers of skyscrapers in the world, tier 1 cities in China dominates the top 20 having Hong Kong(#1), Shanghai(#5), Guangzhou (#10), Beijing(#18) and Shengzhen(#20). With so many high risers, there needs to workers to manually clean the windows from the exterior. Walking around Beijing and in tier 1 cities in China I am always amazed at how these cleaning workers are hanging from a single string of rope with no safety ropes quickly cleaning the windows. I doubt there is any statistics on how many accidents there have been but here is a photo of a man cleaning the windows at Beijing south railway station.

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Go Katayama – Photojournalist in Beijing by Go Katayama is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at gokatayama.com.

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