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Fascinating pictures of building a footpath on vertical Shifou Mountain !

Thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in
Hunan Province, China, a team of workers, operating with hardly any
safety measures, are building a footpath.

The workers are building a plank road on the side of the mountain that,
once it is finished, will stretch for 3km (9843 ft) and be China's
longest sightseeing footpath.

48-year-old Yu Ji (above) is one of the workers and he has been working
on high cliffs building such plank roads for more than 10 years.
He comments: "Young people don't want this job, as it requires
them to stay deep in the mountains for months or even years".

Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project -
drilling the holes to set up pipes to support the footpath

Building a plank road on Shifou Mountain is difficult because the
cliff stands vertical at 90 degrees, without any slope or alcoves

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