|Prefecture||Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture|
|Time zone||China Standard (UTC+8)|
The remote Atule'er Village (Atulie'ercun, 阿土列尔村) [note: also tranliterated as Atuleer, and Ado Ler] , in the Zhi'ermoxiang (Zhi'ermo Township Branch, 支尔莫乡) of Zhaojue County was the focus of Chinese news video and photojournalism that became international news in May, 2016. Due to the 200 year-old village's isolated location, perched like the seat of a chair with near-vertical cliffs both above and below, village children must use a series of handmade ladders to scale the 2,625 feet (800 m) cliff to reach a school in the river valley below. Parents supervise their children during the crossing due to the potential hazards. The school, which serves ages 6–15, had 15 students as of 2016. Students travel between their school and their residences every two weeks, and for the school period reside in dormitories on campus due to the ladder situation.
In 2015 Chen Jie of the Beijing News photographed the children on the ladder. The pictures went viral on the internet, prompting local authorities to announce that they will construct a staircase to serve the students.
Villages such as Atuli'er are often dubbed Cliff villages due to their height and remoteness.
- Google Maps Village Location
- Chinese Wikipedia site for Zhi'ermo Township Branch
- Youtube video from The Beijing News "Note: Original Beijing News video no longer available at http://www.bjnews.com.cn. Retrieved on May 29, 2016.
- "China to replace treacherous 2,625-foot ladder to school with stairs." Fox News. May 27, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
- Williams, Sophie. "Is this the world's toughest school run? Children from remote Chinese village have to climb unsecured vine ladders on a vertical cliff between home and class." The Daily Mail. May 24, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
- May, Ashley. "15 Chinese children make deadly climb to school" (Archived 2016-05-29 at WebCite). USA Today. May 27, 2016. Retrieved on May 30, 2016.
- Phillips, Tom. "World's scariest school run? Chinese children tackle 800-metre cliff ." The Guardian. Friday May 27, 2016. Retrieved on May 28, 2016.
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