This has got to be the world's most terrifying school run

Posted by
Chris Sayer

Well, we're definitely never complaining about our commute to work again. 

Instead of leaping into the back of a Vauxhall Zafira after a bowl of Ready Brek like lucky school children in the UK do, school kids in the isolated mountain village of Atuler in China's Sichuan province have to climb some hundred-year-old ladders up a huge and terrifying 800m cliff face to get to their lessons, before having to do it all over again in reverse when the last school bell of the day sounds.

To give just an idea of how utterly petrifying the journey is for these children, one villager recently told the Beijing News that "seven or eight" fellow villagers have fallen to their deaths while making the treacherous climb. 

Recent images of the village's plight taken by photographer Chen Lie, chief photojournalist for The Beijing News, shocked the population of China so much that the photos went viral on the Chinese web. He told The Guardian: "It is very dangerous. You have to be 100% careful. If you have any kind of accident, you will fall straight into the abyss."

All of a sudden, that 07:15 into Waterloo feels a whole lot more welcoming. 


Share this article


Chris Sayer

Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

Other people read

More from News

More from Chris Sayer