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Kids in China climb 2,500ft cliff to school

May 30, 2016 | Comment icon 17 comments

One school in China is so inaccessible that pupils have to climb down a huge cliff just to get there.
If you thought your own daily school or work commute was bad, spare a thought for these kids.

Situated in Zhaojue county, southwest China, one remote village is so out of the way that the local school can only be reached by descending an almost totally vertical 800m cliff using nothing but a series of rickety bamboo ladders and vines.
Children as young as six are forced to endure the two-hour climb once every two weeks as there is currently no other way up or down the cliff and no other school for them to go to.

Fortunately though, thanks to the amount of criticism levied at the local Liangshan prefectural government following the release of the story, plans to build a makeshift metal staircase up the mountain are expected to be announced soon.

Source: Independent | Comments (17)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by Ashyne 6 years ago
Just build them a proper network infrastructure and they can have video conferencing lessons with their teacher at home instead.
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Actually the village is at the top, and the school is miles, and miles away in the valley. Building a school in the valley wouldn't fix the issue of climbing the ladders.  Building a school in their village.... Now that would fix the issue. However the rest of the villagers still need to go up and down the ladder to go to the nearby town. Stairs would still be super helpful in that regard. I'd think a elevator/lift might be even easier to build then stairs, and make the village zombie proof.
Comment icon #10 Posted by skookum 6 years ago
I this was in my town the parents would be lost without being able to use the 4x4.  A 4x4 is seen as essential even for a 500 metre run.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
Ah, builds character with these kids.   Just think of what they get to tell their kids.    Much better than my walking a mile to school.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by aztek 6 years ago
look at the bright side, they are in great physical shape.
Comment icon #13 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Never happen.  Some rights group would complain and the kids sent by copter. I used to complain about walking a few blocks up a 35% grade to get to high school.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
I complain now about how the busses stop at every house.   I wish the kids would gather at certain spots for a larger pickup.   They do it in such an inefficient manner. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by highdesert50 6 years ago
That people elect to stay after an education is a tribute to the social unity and resilience of the community. Perhaps there is merit to the isolation that exists when all connectivity is limited to a ladder.
Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
I think a slide that went to the bottom of the mountain might be a quick way (and FUN) way down.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Nnicolette 6 years ago
Wow next time an old timer tells me they walked 10 miles uphill both ways in the snow i am going to have to refer to this village and thier good fortune in walking to school ;)

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