January 22, 2021

China relocates villagers living in 800m-high cliffs in anti-poverty drive

Atulie’er village became famous after photos emerged showing adults and children precariously scaling the cliff using just rattan ladders.

Around 84 households have now been moved into newly built flats as part of a local poverty alleviation campaign.

It’s part of a bigger national campaign to end poverty by the end of 2020.

‘So happy I got a house’
Atulie’er village made headlines in 2016 when it was revealed that its villagers had to scale precarious ladders to get home, carrying babies and anything the village needed.

Soon afterwards the government stepped in and replaced these with steel ladders.

The households have now been moved to the county town of Zhaojue, around 70km away.

They will be rehoused in furnished apartment blocks, which come in models of 50, 75 and 100 sq m – depending on the number of people in each household.

It’ll be a big change for many of these villagers, who are from the Yi minority and have lived in Atulie’er for generations.

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