A crane operator has used his sky-high position working on what will be the second highest building in the world to take award-winning photographs of the amazing Shanghai skyline.
Wei Gensheng is working on a construction crane for the Shanghai Tower – the world’s second largest freestanding building and highest in China – which will be an incredible 121 storeys (2, 073ft or twice the height of the Eiffel Tower) when it is completed in 2014.
Some 13 of the 20 tallest buildings under construction around the world are underway in China and the metropolitan hub of Shanghai is home to more than 20,000 buildings over 11 storeys.
Sky high: A hobby photographer took these award-winning photographs looking out over Shanghai from the crane he operated
The city of 23 million inhabitants has been increasingly building upwards in a bid to make room for the exponentially growing population which has increased by 50 per cent over the last decade. Some nine million are migrant workers.
The amazing series of photographs of the Shanghai skyline have won Mr Gensheng second prize in the Shanghai City Photography Competition yesterday.
The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa, a 2,722ft-high skyscraper, in Dubai which towers over the building that was for so long the world’s tallest, New York’s Empire State, which was 1,250 feet originally, but increased by a new antenna in 1950 to 1,467 feet.
The new Shanghai Tower will feature nine sky lobbies and office, retail and hotel space across a total floor space of more than four million square feet.
View from the top: Wei Gensheng took these photographs from a crane which is working on the construction of the Shanghai Tower, set to be the second tallest building in the world with an incredible 125 storeys
In the mist: From his sky-high perch, the Shanghai skyscrapers seem so small especially in the morning mist in the city that is home to more than 20,000 buildings over 11 storeys
Striking Shanghai sight: The Shanghai Tower (left) is set to be almost twice the height of two Eiffel Towers and seriously towers over the rest of Shanghai (right) which is home to 23 million people
Cuts through the mist: The top of the Shanghai World Financial Center – a 1,614ft-high skyscraper – looks incredibly small beside the crane in the mist
Hobby high: Wei Gensheng (pictured) has won second place in the Shanghai City Photography Competition for his series of pictures
Only way is up: In order to make room for the city’s increasingly-growing population which has increased by 50 per cent to 23 million in the last ten years, new buildings have been growing upwards rather than outwards
Terrific tower on the way: The Shanghai Tower will feature nine sky lobbies and office, retail and hotel space with a total of more than 4 million square feet
Weather dependent: Mr Gensheng took his photographs rail, hail or shine it seems, capturing the dramatically changing skyline from clear skies to a thick blanket of fog
Cloud capped: Shanghai is the largest city in China, with the world’s largest city proper by population and the world’s busiest container port
Tall tale: As a crane operator, Mr Gensheng must be acclimatised to staggering heights, happily leaning out the window of his crane to take these breathtaking photographs
World’s most: Shanghai boasts a mix of different architectural styles and boasts more freestanding buildings above 1,300ft than any other city