These Children Make The Most Dangerous Trips To School Every 2 Weeks

China’s mountainous west is vast and immense. Here, some schoolchildren must climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder in order to get to school. The ladder is secured to a sheer cliff face and is in development to be replaced with a set of steel stairs to improve safety.

It wasn’t until after some striking pictures were taken of the children climbing the ladder in Sichuan province’s Zhaojue county, that shocked some people. China’s east and parts of the remote inland west remain in poverty.

The children in the village of Atuleer rely heavily on the ladder. Every two weeks they use it to return to and from the school at which they board.

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Video: TIME