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Yushan’s Sky Road Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

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)

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EDGYMIX-TRAVEL FOR FASHION - October 1, 2012 - 2:29 pm

hah…that’s sth I WOULD LOVE TO DO:P..I really want to go back to china to explore more later:)

Just Wanderlust - October 2, 2012 - 10:43 pm

I’ve never even been there yet. I’m sure you’ll beat me to it!

Megan Jones - October 21, 2012 - 3:07 pm

That looks so cool! Extremely frightening, but still so exciting. I can’t believe that guy does not use any safety equipment when he maintains the bridge.

It is really exciting that that village now has easy accessibility to all the goods it needs!

Just Wanderlust - October 21, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Hi Megan – He’s crazy! I don’t know if I’d consider that cable line “easy accessibility”. 😉 haha but it is good that the villages have a way to get the stuff they need without having to hike around the mountain.

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