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Remote Chinese village students spend 2 hours climbing 17 dangerous cliff ladders to reach school
At a time when parents want to send their kids to school in AC cabs, so that they remain unaffected from the outside atmosphere, a village in China's mountainous region has a different story to tell. In this remote village students go to school by climbing a cliff, which is 2,624-foot-tall.

Yes, you heard it right. The kids aged between six and fifteen years in this village have to carry their heavy bags and climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder.


The children of Atule'er village in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China have to spend two hours climbing 17 cliff ladders. And in this mission they are accompanied by three adults.

children with help

Once the children arrive to Le'er Primary School, they stay there for two weeks and then again they take the treacherous journey to visit their family members living in the remote village. There are only 72 families at present in the village.

Children Climbing

Api Jiti, the head of the 72-member community, which mainly grows chilies and potatoes for their livelihood, said that there was no scope of building a school for the local children on the hilltop. He also said that during this dangerous journey to the school, seven to eight villagers had plunged to death after losing their grip during the climb while many more had got injured.

The trek to school is becoming dangerous day by day and hence the children have been forced to board in the school, and return home to see their families only twice a month.


However, there is a ray of hope for the people in this remote village as the Liangshan Prefectural government that oversees the county has assured that it will build a set of stairs, which would be a stop-gap measure for this issue and have also assured that a long-term solution will be followed by it.

It's really shocking to learn, that a country like China, which is well developed, prosperous and modern, also has another side where the children have to climb mountains to reach school. This clearly shows the vast gap in development between China's modern east and its west, which is mired in poverty.

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