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Remote Chongqing villagers build road on cliff to end isolation

2017-05-04 10:27 ChineseTime


The road built on a 1,500-meter-high cliff by villagers in Chongqing. [Photo provided by People's Daily]

Residents of the village of Shuangping in Chongqing municipality built a road on a 1,500-meter-high cliff, connecting their village with the outside world.

Before the construction of the road, villagers had to spend four hours climbing an 800-meter ladder hung on the cliff's face if they wanted to enter or depart from Shuangping. The extremely dangerous journey caused many accidental deaths and property losses. A lack of traffic also impeded the village's economic and trade development. Many of the villagers were barely able to support themselves.

In order to shake off the shackles of poverty, the villagers independently began raising money in 1997 to build a road on the cliff. After a year of hard work, a preliminary road was finally completed. Later, it was further developed using government funds and social capital in 2011.

The road has lifted hundreds of people out of extreme poverty since its installation. In addition, the road has become a tourist site in its own right thanks to its beautiful views.


The road built on a 1,500-meter-high cliff by villagers in Chongqing [Photo provided by People's Daily]

在重庆市开州区满月乡双坪村有一条特殊的农村公路——盘旋于海拔1500多米的高山,上方是岩石,外侧是绝壁深渊,云雾缭绕,险象环生,被称为“悬崖天路”。

险象环生 [xiǎn xiàng huán shēng]: signs of danger appearing everywhere; incessant occurrences [crises]

“天路”建成之前,村民想要出村,需要在山路间手脚并用花上4个小时,直下800米高的悬崖峭壁,出行条件极为艰险,人员伤亡、物资损失等意外时有发生。闭塞的交通环境也大大阻碍了村庄的发展,里头的粮食出不去,外面的货物进不来,大部分村民只能依靠自给自足的方式勉强温饱。

直到1997年,为了摆脱贫困的命运,当地村民自发集资造路。据老支书凌瑞原回忆,当时村中有400多位村民,其中300多位村民每人出资1500元左右,出不起钱的村民要么出让土地,要么以工抵资,就这么一点一滴地去实现“通路梦”。

摆脱贫困 [bǎi tuō pín kùn]: shake off poverty;

历经足足1年时间,终于人工开凿出一条悬崖公路。在2011年,通过政府出资、社会资金筹集等方式,对人工开凿的乡村公路实现道路硬化,双坪村的基础设施建设更为完善。

作为交通要道的“天路”让双坪村人走出了大山,改变了当地极度贫困的面貌;双坪村依靠其独特的喀斯特地貌,以及秀美的高山风光,带着更多的人走进大山,而“天路”本身也成为了满月乡的一道旅游风景线。

昔日的贫困村,通过改造基础设施、“美丽乡村”建设等,如今已成为人们心向往之的“世外桃源”“天然氧吧”,乡村旅游发展初具规模,助力当地群众脱贫致富。据介绍,该村去年脱贫118户379人,今年拟脱贫20户68人。

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