Zhaojue County

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Zhaojue County
昭觉县 · ꏪꐦꑤ
Chinese transcription(s)
Country China
Province Sichuan
Prefecture Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture
Time zone UTC+8 (China Standard)

Zhaojue County is a county of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

Atule'er Village

The remote Atule'er Village[1] (Atulie'ercun, 阿土列尔村) [note: also tranliterated as Atuleer, and Ado Ler] , in the Zhi'ermoxiang (Zhi'ermo Township Branch, 支尔莫乡)[2] of Zhaojue County was the focus of Chinese news video[3] and photojournalism that became international news in May, 2016.[4] Due to the 200 year-old village's isolated location, perched like the seat of a chair with near-vertical cliffs both above and below, village children must use a series of handmade ladders to scale the 2,625 feet (800 m) cliff to reach a school in the river valley below. Parents supervise their children during the crossing due to the potential hazards. The school, which serves ages 6–15, had 15 students as of 2016.[5] Students travel between their school and their residences every two weeks, and for the school period reside in dormitories on campus due to the ladder situation.[6]

In 2015 Chen Jie of the Beijing News photographed the children on the ladder. The pictures went viral on the internet, prompting local authorities to announce that they will construct a staircase to serve the students.[7]

Villages such as Atuli'er are often dubbed Cliff villages due to their height and remoteness.



  1. ^ Google Maps Village Location
  2. ^ Chinese Wikipedia site for Zhi'ermo Township Branch
  3. ^ Youtube video from The Beijing News "Note: Original Beijing News video no longer available at http://www.bjnews.com.cn. Retrieved on May 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "China to replace treacherous 2,625-foot ladder to school with stairs." Fox News. May 27, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Williams, Sophie. "Is this the world's toughest school run? Children from remote Chinese village have to climb unsecured vine ladders on a vertical cliff between home and class." The Daily Mail. May 24, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
  6. ^ May, Ashley. "15 Chinese children make deadly climb to school" (Archived 2016-05-29 at WebCite). USA Today. May 27, 2016. Retrieved on May 30, 2016.
  7. ^ Phillips, Tom. "World's scariest school run? Chinese children tackle 800-metre cliff ." The Guardian. Friday May 27, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.

Coordinates: 28°03′N 102°50′E / 28.050°N 102.833°E / 28.050; 102.833

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