A villager and her two daughter ride home in the “‘iron cage”
For the past 16 years, 196 residents living in a small village in Hubei province have depended on this rickety old cable car with no doors to get to and from home. They call it their “iron basket”.
Yushan village, in Hubei’s Hefeng county, is about 150 kilometers away from the nearest town and is surrounded with steep cliffs and valleys that make it difficult to access.
Villagers prepare to deliver items out of their village.
The 1,000-meter-long cableway is suspended 480 meters above ground level and has helped local residents commute in and out of their village since it was built over 16 years ago, Sohu News reports.
A cableway operator named Zhang Xinjian is photographed oiling the cable.
It takes the villagers an entire day to leave and return from the remote village without using the cableway.
Zhang prepares to operate the cableway and send villagers out.
By Lucy Liu
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