Body-building site: Shi the laborer swings to China online fame


By Thomas Peter and Joseph Campbell
| BEIJING

BEIJING On most construction sites, lunch would be a welcome break to rest and refuel. Not for Shi Shenwei.

The 23-year-old laborer spends his midday break swinging from scaffolding poles on a building site, a gymnastics routine that has made him China’s latest social media sensation.

“While other people are eating and singing karaoke, I’m whole-heartedly focused on what I want to do,” Shi told Reuters inside the dusty temple where he works in southern Fujian province.

Shi’s videos – filmed from multiple angles with four smart phones operated by his cousin – are posted on Kuaishou, a mobile video app in China. His nearly 1.2 million followers know him as “Brick Carrier Little Wei”.

“You are no longer a master, you are a god!” one fan wrote after watching a high-bar routine which ended with Shi hanging by his arms…



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