Children climb a cliff on bamboo ladders twice a month to get to their mountaintop home in southwest China from their school in the valley.
Fifteen Chinese children, ages 6 to 15, risk their lives to get to school, reports USA Today. They use bamboo ladders to climb down a cliff to get to boarding school in the valley. Twice a month, they climb up the cliff — a 90-minute trek — to spend a few days at home.
Photos by Beijing News photographer Chen Jie, went viral on Chinese media. “If you have any kind of accident, you will fall straight into the abyss,” Chen told the Guardian. Now, authorities are considering building a steel staircase.
Api Jiti, head of the farming community, told Beijing News “seven or eight” people have died during the climb.