Cliff-traversing Chinese school students get steel ladder

Photos of their hair-raising journey first came to light in May (China Daily)
Photos of their hair-raising journey first came to light in May (China Daily)

Life is about to get a bit easier for the students who have what might be the world's most terrifying school run.

Students in the mountains of China's Sichuan province face an 800m cliff climb to get to school each day.

Photos of their hair-raising journey first came to light in May, published by state-run Beijing News.

Students as young as six are forced to use unsteady vine ladders to get to the cliff-top school.

Cliff-traversing Chinese school students get steel ladder

(China Daily)

But now life's about to get a bit easier. Instead of vines, the new ladder will be made out of steel.

The village of Atule'er started building the ladder, which consists of 1500 steel pipes, in August.

Local authorities paid 1 million yuan (NZ$207,000) for the new ladder's construction.

It will have handrails and a more stable structure, and village chief Er Dijang told the China Daily he's looking forward to the students having a safer way to come home for the Lunar New Year.

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