Chinese Spider-Man climbs down 37-storey skyscraper with his bare hands

A man has been dubbed a "real-life Spider-Man" after footage emerged of him climbing down a 37-storey skyscraper with his bare hands.

Witnesses watched from the street and adjacent buildings in Guiyang, China on May 27, local media outlet Sohu News reported.

Some were even able to see him from inside the building, which he is seen climbing on in a video that has gone viral on social media websites including Weibo and Reddit.

The brave bloke, who was dressed in a white T-shirt, dark jeans and white socks, and also glasses as he managed to shuffle down nearly the whole length of the skyscraper by leveraging his body on window ledges and pushing his back up against the building.

Reports say he was seen hanging around the rooftop by concerned citizens who thought his behaviour was odd.

He then wedged himself between the window sill and the terrace, flicking through his phone for a while before leaning over again to look all the way down.

Firefighters were called to the scene but as soon as the man saw them he began to descend down the exterior of the building.

It is believed he scaled down more than 100 metres during the scene which caused onlookers to “sweat” with anticipation as he refused help from firefighters, who followed him down the building.

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But the "superhero" finally admitted defeat when he reached the third floor as he pulled inside the building to safety.

The man was taken to the local police station after the bizarre incident but it hasn't been confirmed what made him do it in the first place.

However, local media have speculated that he may have been suffering from a mental health episode, while others believe he was trying to escape lockdown.

Cities across China have been plunged into the world's harshest lockdown as authorities try to stamp out the Omicron variant.

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