In the Sichuan province of rural China, a group of children between the ages of 6 and 15 climbs 2,625 feet witha succession of 17 bamboo ladders to get to a boarding school in a neighboring town. It's quite the commitment for an education.
And it's not just students who are forced to make the trek, 72 families venturethe same bamboo ladders to sell produce at a local marketplace, which means they traverse the ladders with sacks of potatoes and walnuts weighing them down.
The local government is looking into a safer, more efficient option for these families.
The Empire State Building stands at 1,250 feet tall, which means these kids are climbing the equivalent of two Empire State Buildings to go to and from school. Think about that next time you complain about four flights of stairs.
When word of the children's harrowing commute got out, the Liangshan prefectural government announced that they will build a set of steel stairs as a temporary solution while they brainstorm a more efficient method of travel.