Now Russian thrill-seekers Vadim Makhorov and Vitaly Raskalov, also known as "ontheroofs," have slunk their way into the skies of Hong Kong, creeping onto a roof of a towering skyscraper in the heart of the bustling Asian city and leaving their mark for all the world to see.
With a small team in tow, Makhorov and Raskalov furtively made their way onto the roof of the 52-story China Online Centre, Mashable reports. Once there, the duo, who are both photographers, captured some stunning shots of the cityscape below.
But that wasn’t all the daredevils did. As their video shows, the group then apparently went on to hack the billboard that sat atop the building.
Before long, a new message began to flash on the screen.
“Madness,” declared one YouTuber Thursday after watching the daredevils’ sky-high antics. “You gotta give it to these guys,” quipped another.
Some netizens, however, have expressed skepticism at the legitimacy of the video, arguing that it looks too good to be true. But Makhorov and Raskalov have insisted that the clip is authentic, telling Mashable that both the building and billboard had absolutely been “accessed without the owners’ permission.”
This certainly wouldn’t be the first time that Makhorov and Raskalov have taken the world aback with their skyscraping conquests. Earlier this year, the duo wowed the Internet with a vertigo-inducing video that showed them climbing to the top of the unfinished Shanghai Tower, which will be the second tallest building in the world when it’s completed.
At the time, Makhorov told 500px that he and Raskalov carefully plan each of their aerial capers. “We do plan [these escapades],” he said. “Every time it's different. It's hard to say what goes into planning.”
He added that people at home should certainly not attempt to replicate their stunts. “We wouldn't be too happy if other people followed in our footsteps. It's extremely dangerous,” he said.