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Climber arrested after scaling Chinese building

France’s Alain Robert, renowned for climbing the world’s tallest buildings, wasn’t going to let 15 days in a Chinese jail deter him from an attempt at scaling China’s tallest building.
/ Source: Reuters

France’s Alain Robert, renowned for climbing the world’s tallest buildings, wasn’t going to let 15 days in a Chinese jail deter him from an attempt at scaling China’s tallest building.

Clad in a Spider-Man costume, the 44-year-old made a barehanded ascent and descent of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower on Thursday, achieving the feat in 90 minutes.

His feet had barely touched the ground when he was arrested by police.

Robert had decided to mount the iron-and-glass structure without permission after authorities turned down two requests.

“If you obey all the rules, you miss the fun,” Robert told Reuters in an interview ahead of his ascent of the 1,380 foot tower.

“I’ve scaled the three tallest buildings in the world, so I reckoned I should also climb the fourth-tallest building. It’s like there’s something missing.”

Robert had consulted lawyers and French diplomats before the attempt and said he expected to face 15 days in custody and a fine of up to 10,000 yuan ($1,300).

In 2001, Chinese shoe salesman Han Qizhi became the first person to scale the Jin Mao Tower. Han, who had happened to walk by the building and acted on a “rash impulse,” was detained for about two weeks.