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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Is this the most dangerous job in China?

A group of daredevil workers are building China's longest sightseeing plank road on a cliff that stands vertical at 90 degrees, thousands of metres above the ground. Their only safety measures they have are ropes and any mistake, a slip is just all they need and it could be their last.

Each day they toil on the side of a steep cliff working without proper safety measures on an area that is only 3 feet wide. They are building a plank road on the side of the Shifou Mountain in the Hunan Province that once it is finished, will stretch for 3 km and be China's longest sightseeing plank road.

Forty eight year-old Yu Ji is one of the workers and he has been working on high cliffs, building such plank roads for more than 10 years.

"Young people don't want this job as it requires them to stay deep in the mountains for months or even years," he says.

Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project drilling holes to set up pipes to support the plank road.

"I don't feel this job is different from any other job. It's not as dangerous as people think. You just wear the ropes and then everything is okay."

It is hoped this footpath, which will offer a unique, and spectacular mountain views, will be a great tourist attraction and maybe it will be to those who are not faint-hearted. Now, will you dare to walk the plank?

Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features


  1. This is definitely a very dangerous and hazardous job.

  2. sangat lah bahaya.. macam menempah maut lah pulak