These daredevil construction workers have the extremely terrifying task of building a walkway along a 400-meter-deep cliff in Hunan. We’ve seen similar pictures of tourists crossing barely-there walking paths to enjoy the scenic views, but these workers (re)building a path along the mountain from scratch kind of take the cake in terms of scariness. Don’t continue reading if you’re afraid of heights!
The construction workers, a team of about 21 men, are from Hunan and Jiangxi. They are said to be very experienced in their line of work, and we really hope they are. With the walkway built at approximately 400 meters above the ground of a 1-kilometer-long cliff, the construction is extremely difficult.
The workers make long days from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and make about 300 to 400 RMB a day. Even if the weather is good, the maximum they can proceed daily is 20 meters. However, if it’s a rainy day, they don’t go out at all (which seems a pretty sensible thing to do).
Whilst on the ground, the construction mainly takes place with large machinery. As the cliff gets deeper, the construction of the path relies on manpower only. Some workers hang from the cliffs by ropes, drilling 1 to 2 meter deep holes into the mountains.
One of the workers, 52 years old, explained that he is not really nervous about the bamboo platforms he relies on to do his job (and stay alive). The brave soul said that the one thing he is scared of is the rain, as he won’t get paid if they can’t work.
When the construction started, the workers set up tents in the mountains to live in. The workers from Hunan and Jiangxi each cook their food separately, sticking to their own cuisine. The main form of entertainment? Playing cards.
The workers say they are mainly very bored and lonely working on the construction of the road. But, risking their lives on the construction of the plank road, they are able to support their families and offer them a better life.
These pictures show just how far up from the ground these construction workers make their daily wages. That’s a very long way to fall down from, if you ask us.
Check out this freaky glass walkway jutting out from another scenic cliff in Chongqing.
[Images via ChinaNews]
By Evelien van der Veer