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With no roads or bridges, mountain dwellers zipline their way over risky rapids in Chinese villages

China which has built mighty bridges across seas in record time seems to look away from problems in its hinterlands. Some villages in China’s mountainous regions are using ziplines to access markets and churches situated across raging rivers in the want of bridges. The problem is forcing the people living there to use the dangerous mode of transport almost on a daily basis.

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Due to the lack of bridges, Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, and her daughter leave Lazimi village with a zipline across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province. Nu in Chinese means angry, befitting for the river which flows rapidly below, most of the times in a year. (Reuters)
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Due to the lack of bridges, Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, and her daughter leave Lazimi village with a zipline across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province. Nu in Chinese means angry, befitting for the river which flows rapidly below, most of the times in a year. (Reuters)

A family is ready to zip their way back to Lazimi village after shopping at the Saturday market. People estimate about 20 to 30 hamlets in the region still rely on the ziplines as their primary means across the river. (Reuters)
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A family is ready to zip their way back to Lazimi village after shopping at the Saturday market. People estimate about 20 to 30 hamlets in the region still rely on the ziplines as their primary means across the river. (Reuters)

Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. The villagers have applied their own ingenuity in building the ziplines, inclined downhill and relying mostly on gravity, to cross the Nu. (Reuters)
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Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. The villagers have applied their own ingenuity in building the ziplines, inclined downhill and relying mostly on gravity, to cross the Nu. (Reuters)

A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the Nu River. The river snakes from Tibet along China’s border with Myanmar through the southwestern province of Yunnan. (Reuters)
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A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the Nu River. The river snakes from Tibet along China’s border with Myanmar through the southwestern province of Yunnan. (Reuters)

A view of Lazimi village seen from across the river. The nearest bridge over the river is 20 km (12 miles) away from the mountainside village. (Reuters)
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A view of Lazimi village seen from across the river. The nearest bridge over the river is 20 km (12 miles) away from the mountainside village. (Reuters)

An ethnic Lisu woman from Lazimi village carries a basket in her hands as she zips across the Nu River. Using a boat is out of the question for the villagers of Lazimi, which lacks proper roads and bridges because of the rocks and foaming waters of the river Nu. (Reuters)
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An ethnic Lisu woman from Lazimi village carries a basket in her hands as she zips across the Nu River. Using a boat is out of the question for the villagers of Lazimi, which lacks proper roads and bridges because of the rocks and foaming waters of the river Nu. (Reuters)

Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. The lines are not always reliable, since they become slippery when it rains and too dangerous to use. (Reuters)
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Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. The lines are not always reliable, since they become slippery when it rains and too dangerous to use. (Reuters)

Though several zipline villages in Fugong county - an eight-hour drive from Lazimi - are swiftly being connected to the outside world with bridges, such a project is yet to be taken up in Lazimi. (Reuters)
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Though several zipline villages in Fugong county - an eight-hour drive from Lazimi - are swiftly being connected to the outside world with bridges, such a project is yet to be taken up in Lazimi. (Reuters)

First Published on Jul 23, 2018 03:18 pm

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