On a sliding scale of risk
So school authorities in Yunnan province have provided a zip line stretched across the 200-metre-wide canyon. Children from Maji village fasten themselves to the cable with a caribiner, a steel clasp, and slide across. "I have to hand-walk for about 60 metres since my light weight makes me stop about two thirds of the way across," said A Oia, the school's youngest pupil.
Officials have now agreed to spend pound;17,000 to build a bridge after a television programme drew attention to the dangerous situation.
Reports do not state how the pupils get back home up the cable at the end of the school day.