March 10: Eight-year-old students Zhi Huangjun, Huang Chengwu, and Huang Linyan travel to their first grade classrooms on horses.
Living in a mountainous village 1,260 meters above sea-level and eight kilometers from the nearest school, these three elementary school students have no choice but to conquer the rocky roads on horses to get to class every day.
Locally known as Yunshan Zhidian, this elevated village is located in Guilin, Guangxi province. The three children are “left-behind” children whose parents work in another city. They’ve been left in the care of their respective grandparents, who can’t drive or ride motor bikes.
On a typical school day, the students wake up between 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. to help feed the horses and get them ready for the ride to school. The trip on horseback takes about one hour and a half, according to Tencent News.
During rainy days, the kids aren’t capable of holding umbrellas while on horses so they can only wrap themselves in plastic covers. Due to the long distance, they eventually get drenched head-to-toe nonetheless.
With icicles and slippery roads, wintry weather can make the trip especially hazardous.
Meanwhile, the grandparents who accompany the kids on the trip have to travel four times a day, spending a total of six hours every day getting the students to and back from their classes.
“We only want the child to study and turn out well so they can walk out of the mountain earlier,” one of the grandparents told reporters.
We will never complain about public transportation again. Probably.
[Images via Tencent]