Extraordinary footage has surfaced of a half-naked man clinging to an air conditioning unit at least eight stories above the ground, The Sun reports.

The man is reportedly attempting to escape his lover's spouse, by climbing out the window of an apartment. He is shown hanging off the air conditioning unit about 30 metres above a busy road in China.

According to The Sun, the stunt was filmed by a resident of an apartment on the opposite side of the street.

It may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but the video, which was posted two days ago on LiveLeak, has been viewed more than 50,000 times.