Steel ladder to connect cliff-top Chinese village with outside world
12:29 AM EDT, Wed October 26, 2016
A mountain village on a cliff in southwestern China has been building a huge steel ladder to connect it to the outside world.
The village started to construct the ladder in August with an investment of 1 million yuan ($147,928) from local authorities.
School children had been forced to use unsteady vine ladders to reach their boarding school in the valley below.
Pictures of 15 grade schoolers, some as young as six, making the two-hour odyssey to and from their boarding school went viral earlier this year.
With handrails and a more stable structure, it will also make the journey safer for villagers, who descend and climb the cliff each week to buy groceries and trade their products at the nearest market several miles away.
The isolated village of Atule'er is perched nearly 1,000 meters above the valley floor.