Most Remote School, Hidden in the Clouds

Posted on April 16, 2009

Gulu Village, which is located in a national geopark in Sichuan Province, China, is a place few outsiders know about. Not surprising, considering its location in the middle of nowhere with canyons and sheer precipices hanging from everywhere.

The primary school is hidden in the middle of the clouds and can only be reached after five harrowing hours of climbing and serious hyperventilating.

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The mountain path leading up to the school is treacherous with many twists, turns and bends and it is only 40cm (a little more than a foot) wide at its narrowest part.

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One man has guarded the The Gulu Village primary school from the outside world for 26 years. Teacher, Shen Qijun came to the school when he was 18 years old and the school was in dire condition.

Dirt composed the classroom and the roof leaked and there was no toilet at all. Whenever a student needed to go to the bathroom, they often fell and got hurt. This man single-handedly renovated the school and built a toilet for the children.

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Volunteers have provided uniforms for the children to wear and learning continues but is a difficult process, not for the faint of heart.

A, B, and last of all, C, for courage.

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MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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6 comments
Uncle B
Uncle B

Long after the Great Hulking American Neanderthal, spawn of corporatist force feeding for over two hundred years, for the rapid exploitation of the easy resources for Capitalist purses, is extinct, (and this process initiated by the American Medical cartel is progressing rapidly), these happy villagers will survive in ultimate sustainability! hopefully they humanure as most China does, so that even chewing energies are not squandered but returned to the soil! The spark in the sky that was "America" almost extinguished now, by shortages of oil, and will soon be forgotten and mankind will remain sustainable and self-reliant through-out time - even without Oldsmobiles, Pontiac's Corvettes, and loud rock music, painful to the ears of the truly civilized of the earth, the ever-lasting peasant class!

Matty
Matty

Wow, I gotta go there next holidays, sounds fascinating.

Nick Gerz
Nick Gerz

you have that luxury? wow, make sure to get some great shots that great cultural niche

nancy galeb
nancy galeb

hey i think thats pretty kool...i wud love 2 go 2 skoolin the sky.....

ludawg
ludawg

Yeesh, and I thought my commute to school was bad...