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Shifou Mountain in China

Updated on August 29, 2011
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Workers build a footpath around the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in China
Workers build a footpath around the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in China
Thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, China,  a team of workers, operating with hardly any safety measures, are building a footpath
Thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, China, a team of workers, operating with hardly any safety measures, are building a footpath
The workers are building a plank road on the side of the mountain that, once it is  finished, will stretch for 3km (9843 ft) and be China 's longest sightseeing footpath
The workers are building a plank road on the side of the mountain that, once it is finished, will stretch for 3km (9843 ft) and be China 's longest sightseeing footpath
48-year-old Yu Ji (above) is one of the workers and he has been working on high cliffs  building such plank roads for more than 10 years. He comments: "Young people don't want  this job, as it requires them to stay deep in the mountains for months or
48-year-old Yu Ji (above) is one of the workers and he has been working on high cliffs building such plank roads for more than 10 years. He comments: "Young people don't want this job, as it requires them to stay deep in the mountains for months or
Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project - drilling the holes to set  up pipes to support the footpath
Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project - drilling the holes to set up pipes to support the footpath
 Building a plank road on Shifou Mountain is difficult because the cliff stands vertical at  90 degrees, without any slope or alcoves
Building a plank road on Shifou Mountain is difficult because the cliff stands vertical at 90 degrees, without any slope or alcoves
 A finished section of the footpath
A finished section of the footpath

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      pennyofheaven 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Oh wow that looks sooo scary. They must be really skilled and brave to work at such heights. I love how you captured the moments! Thanks!

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