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Do you get annoyed when the school bus is late? Does your long walk to school tire you out? Well, imagine climbing up and down an actual mountain to get to class! That’s what kids in the village of Atule’er (ah-TOO-leer) in China do. The village is atop a cliff in a remote area of southwest China. There’s no room for a school there. So kids travel 2,624 feet down steel ladders to get to the nearest school.
Sounds pretty scary, right? Believe it or not, the trip used to be even more dangerous. Up until a few years ago, kids risked their lives climbing rotting bamboo ladders. But in 2016, the Chinese government replaced the broken ladders with ones made of steel. Now the trip is much safer.