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    Commuting by zipline in rural China
    Commuting by zipline in rural China
    CHINA

    Commuting by zipline in rural China

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    What would you do when your home is cut off from the rest of the world by a raging river, and the nearest bridge over it is miles away?

    For this village in China, that’s not a hypothetical question.

    A man of the Lisu ethnic group leaves his mountainside village on a zipline.
    A man of the Lisu ethnic group leaves his mountainside village on a zipline. Photo: Reuters

    At the Lazimi village in southwest Yunnan province, people cross a river to reach the outside world using ziplines, according to Reuters.

    Ziplining is a way of life in the mountain village, and is sometimes the best means to get around because the nearest bridge is 12 miles away.

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    Villagers are seen crossing the Nu river, which literally means “angry river.”
    Villagers are seen crossing the Nu river, which literally means “angry river.” Photo: Reuters

    The village is cut off by the Nu river, which literally translates to “angry river” and is too rough to cross by boat.

    Villagers would love to have proper roads and bridges built closer to home. But until then, they have to count on the lines – and gravity – for a ride to town.

    A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the river.
    A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the river. Photo: Reuters
    Zoe Chen
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    Zoe is a video journalist at Inkstone. Previously, she was a video journalist and producer for BBC Chinese and BBC News in Beijing.
    Zoe Chen
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    Zoe is a video journalist at Inkstone. Previously, she was a video journalist and producer for BBC Chinese and BBC News in Beijing.
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