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Think your commute is a pain? Try going to school in Atuler village.

Photographs have emerged this week, showing a petrifying journey down the side to of the mountain on which the village lies.

School children who attend school on the mountain in the Sichuan province, are forced to descend and climb an 800m cliff face to get to class, with only old wooden ladders and bare rock faces to hold onto as they go.

Authrorities say this is because of insufficient room to build a school for local children on the mountaintop.

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Photographer Chen Jie took the pictures when he witnessed 15 school children, aged between six and fifteen, scaling the cliff.

According to local authorities there was a cable transportation service available to take the children to the valley, the village which reportedly lives on less than an average of $1 a day, could not afford the electricity bills so the unused cable got dismantled.

While children used to take the trek twice a day, it's now been ruled as too dangerous, forcing children to board at their school and only see their parents twice a month.

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These photos have brought some much needed attention to the situation.

The region’s Communist party secretary has now promised a steel staircase will be built to connect the village with the outside world while a more permanent solution is discussed.

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