Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

'Sky Road' Is Village's Only Contact With Outside World

china2.png
china3.png
china4.png
china5.png
china6.png
china7.png
china8.png

(September 17th 2012) The ropeway between Yushan village and the outside world is a simple affair.

A pair of thick cables are strung between two high cliff faces with a steel cage suspended below to carry people and goods in and out of the village.

Yushan village has a population of just over 200 people and the only access to the outside world is via this 'sky road'.

The ropeway was built in 1997; before that villagers faced a walk of several days to get to the next nearest village.

The ropeway, which is powered by a diesel engine, is 1,000 meters long and 400 meters above the valley floor.

Zhang Xinjian has been maintaining the ropeway for the past 15 years.

He comments: "I started to work at this spot since the rope was set up. No one would take the job.

"As my father was the village head he had to assign me to do it and it has been 15 years."

Lubricating the cables once a week is a very dangerous job. Zhang has to take the cart and apply oil onto the cables along the way.

"In the beginning, my father, my younger brother and I took care of the cableway together, but later my younger brother quit and my father's health went bad, so it's only me that could do the job".

Images: Rex

Related

Indonesia bridge.jpg

Indonesian Kids Cross Damaged Bridge

IMG_1407.jpg

The subversive bridge

br1.png

China opens World's Longest Sea Bridge

Comments

More

This retired racehorse has absolutely zero chill

"Woah Shamrock"

by Matt Tate
22 Mar 2017

This Monopoly board show how much it actually costs to live in London

Oh well, renting forever

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

You can get your cat high now

Thanks science

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Everyone is mad about Mary Berry's pie

No soggy bottoms here

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Spare a thought for the Cadbury social media manager

Guess what? The internet is wrong again

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

This fossil has been named after David Attenborough

As birthday presents go, that's a pretty good one

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

Stephen Hawking is going into space

Astro-Hawk takes flight

by Gary Ogden
21 Mar 2017

The average date costs £129, apparently

Where are these people going?

by Emily Reynolds
20 Mar 2017

Your dog is probably lying to you

Sorry, but you can't trust your pet anymore

by Emily Reynolds
20 Mar 2017

You're going to watch footage from this Russian car curling tournament

We need to get this on Sky Sports ASAP

by Dave Fawbert
20 Mar 2017