What It Looks Like to Clean the Top of the World

Wild shots of window washers.

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The world's building are growing, and so are the number of cleaners who do death-defying tricks just to keep the windows clean. Below, photos of cleaners the world over:

Window washers work on a building near a ferris wheel in Tokyo's Odaiba entertainment and shopping district. Over the "golden week" holidays Tokyo's office buildings emptied out as many people took advantage of the good weather to enjoy themselves. Photo by Toru Hanai/Reuters
Migrant laborers wash a roof near The Bund on the banks of the Huangpu River in Shanghai. China aims to grow its economy by about 7.5 percent in 2012 and sees inflation running at around 4 percent for the year, Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday as the country kicks off its annual parliament meetings. Photo by Aly Song/Reuters
A worker cleans the windows of an apartment block in central Beijing. China's main real estate regulator reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining current restrictions on property sales on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news service reported, as Beijing continues to resist calls for wider easing to offset a slowing economy. Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters



Window cleaners work at an office building at Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm shopping mall. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
Workers clean the exterior of the "Sun Valley" at the 2010 World Expo site in Shanghai. Photo by Reuters

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  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.