Is One of The World’s Most Dangerous Jobs in China?
Posted on July 8, 2011
For many, the answer to this question will be yes after reading about these workers building a wooden path on the side of a sheer mountain, thousands of feet above the ground.
Every day they go about their business on Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, operating with hardly any safety measures, knowing that one little slip will be their last.
When finished, the wooden sightseeing path will stretch for 1.8 miles, and will have the distinction of being the longest of its kind in China.
The 3-foot wide narrow walkway, stands vertically at 90 degrees without a single slope (or better put, a sheer drop and certain death thousands of feet below).
Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of this construction is the fact that workers must drill holes into the face of the mountain in order to implant the wooden supports that hold up the walkway.
The workers seem unfazed by the danger they face every day as most of them are local to the mountain area and are used to working above the ground.
“Young people don’t want this job, as it means we have to stay deep in the mountains for months, sometimes even years… But I don’t feel it’s so different from any other job. It’s not as dangerous as people think. You just wear the ropes, and then everything is okay, “ says worker, Yu Ji.
It is hoped this footpath, which will offer unique, and spectacular mountain views, will be a great tourist attraction and maybe it will be.
Still, no one seems to wonder about one itsy-bitsy thing:
Apart from those who may be contemplating suicide, who will dare to walk around this path once it’s completed?
Check out this harrowing video below depicting a plank walk up Huashan Mountain.