How would you like to live so remotely, you’d need to cross a cable like this to get to the nearest village?
That’s exactly what you’d have to do if you were one of the 200 villagers living in Yushan, China. This “Sky Road”, as the villagers call it, was built in 1997, and spans a ginormous gorge at 3,200 feet long and 1,300 feet high. As the town’s lifeline, it’s used to bring essentials like food and supplies back to town. How would you like to take that gondola to the nearest grocery store!? Even worse, how’d you like to be this guy:
He actually mans the “Sky Road”, which may just be the freakiest job I’ve ever seen. Every week he goes out to grease up the cables and he does it without any safety equipment. Gosh, the things people do for a buck these days…
As much as I love a good adrenaline rush, I think I’ll leave Yushan off my to-go list if it means I have to take the “Sky Road” to get there.
(photos from here)