These Chinese students have to climb down a cliff to get to school

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These Chinese Students Have to Climb Down a Cliff to Get to School

A group of children in a village in southwest China are getting some attention for their commute to school.

The boarding school children have to climb down more than 2,500 feet of incredibly steep terrain to get to school. Global Times reports the kids go up the mountain to visit home about twice a month. And according to China Daily, the trip can be dangerous. A villager in his 40s recently died making the trip.

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LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Pupils from Atuler village climb vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Father and son from Atuler village rest at the cliff on their way to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) People kill a goat in Atuler village located at the 800-meter-high cliff on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Pupils from Atuler village climb vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 13: (CHINA OUT) A man walks in Atuler village located at the 800-meter-high cliff on May 13, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Pupils from Atuler village rest at the cliff on their way to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) A pupil from Atuler village climbs vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Pupils from Atuler village climb vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Pupils and an adult from Atuler village climb vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 13: (CHINA OUT) Two dogs are seen in Atuler village located at the 800-meter-high cliff on May 13, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) A pupil from Atuler village climbs vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Pupils from Atuler village climb vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
LIANGSHAN, CHINA - MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) A pupil from Atuler village climbs vines hung on the cliff to go home after school on May 14, 2016 in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province of China. 72 families lived in Atuler village on the 800-meter cliff at Meigu River Canyon in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture. 15 pupils, aged 6 to 15, accompanied by 3 adults regularly spent 2 hours climbing 17 vines ladders hung on the 800-meter-high cliff to go between school and home twice a month. Villagers used the same ladders to go to the nearest market once a week to sell peppers and walnuts and buy necessities.
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Global Times reports urban residents were shocked to learn about the kids' dangerous commute, highlighting the divide between urban and rural China.

Since the schoolchildren's trek has gained some media attention, local government might be intervening.
Chinese outlets say local officials are considering putting in place sturdier steel infrastructure to help villagers get up and down the mountain until a more permanent solution is found.

Related: Also see the average commute times in major cities:

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These Chinese students have to climb down a cliff to get to school

1. New York, NY

42.50 work, 6.18 commute, 49.08 hours total

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2. San Francisco, CA

44.01 work, 4.57 commute, 48.58 hours total

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3. Washington, DC

43.50 work, 4.49 commute, 48.39 hours total

Photo Credit: Saul Loeb/Getty

4. Houston, TX

43.44 work, 4.33 commute, 48.18 hours total

Photo Credit: Gavin Hellier

5. Fort Worth, TX

43.43 work, 4.18 commute, 48.01 hours total

Photo Credit: David Liu

6. Chicago, IL

42.36 work, 5.25 commute, 48.01 hours total

Photo Credit: Raymond Boyd/Getty

7. Boston, MA

 42.53 work, 4.43 commute, 47.36 hours total

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8. Charlotte, NC

43.50 work, 3.45 commute, 47.35 hours total

Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

9. Baltimore, MD

42.34 work, 4.51 commute, 47.25 hours total

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10. Seattle, WA

43.17 work, 4.06 commute, 47.23 hours total

Photo Credit: Getty Images 

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