Steel ladder for Chinese cliff-climbing students completed

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)

The Chinese students forced to climb up a steep and dangerous cliff to travel to school now have a safer, more reliable way to get there.

It wasn't just the students who had to battle the precarious trip - anyone wanting to leave the Atulie'er village in southwest China's Sichuan province had to use thin steel bars hanging off the cliff or unsteady vine ladders.

Students as young as six were forced to traverse the cliff, which is around 800m to the ground.

But the construction of a new steel ladder has just been completed and life is about to get easier.

"Our children's school is at the foot of the mountain. Before the new ladder was built, I was really worried about their safety," says local villager Hailajiji.

"I sent them to school and picked them up every day. I used a rope to tie on the children's waist and let them follow me to climb.

"Now children can climb on steel ladders by themselves. I don't worry anymore."

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

It took around four months to construct.

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