China's 'cliff village' builds a huge steel ladder for children enduring the 'world's most dangerous school run'
After years of treacherous journeys down a mountain to get to school, children in a village in China are finally getting a ladder to make their school runs less risky.
In May, heartbreaking pictures emerged showing pupils, the youngest aged just six, climbing unsecured vine ladders on the side of a steep rock face while returning home from school.
The children live in Zhaojue County in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, which is situated at the top of a 2,624-foot-tall peak in west China. Their school is at the foot of the mountain.
The children were pictured travelling two hours climbing 17 cliff ladders in Zhaojue County.
These pupils aged between six and 15 were seen carrying heavy bags and were supervised by three parents.
However their journey is due to become less dangerous thanks to a new steel ladder which uses more than 1,500 steel pipes.
Construction began on the ladder in August with the local authorities footing the one million yuan (£120,000) bill.
The new ladder is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Roy IoW, Ryde, 5 minutes ago
Life seems to be a bit different in China. If they have a problem out in the country side, they solve it. The children are eager to learn, so they make the journey. Our children would shout 'No way !!' and snuggle back down in their beds to carry on texting, and updating their FB page with swear word littered posts.
Anna Tomicwaste, Hollywood, 18 minutes ago
Set up satellite internet in the town and take classes online! Cripes!
Secretboy, Bournemouth, 34 minutes ago
This story again.