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00:00:02
>> For the residents in this mountainous Chinese village, the only way to get around is through the skies. Ziplining has become a way of life in. Lacking any proper roads or bridges, people here are cut off from the rest of the world by the new river, which is too violent to cross by boat.
00:00:20
Villagers instead rely on a harness loosely connected by two hooks, to zip across. It's a dangerous journey that some have to make every week.>>
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> If they built a bridge, then that would be nice but for now, we can get over there.>> According to locals, there up to 30 villages that rely on ziplines as a primary means to get across the river.
00:00:41
But ziplining puts her and her two year old son at risk.>>
00:01:00
The communities here are isolated. Lacking running water, proper food resources and even medical supplies. As Reuters Joe Campbell explains zip lining isn't the most reliable way to get around.>> Because of the mere fact that it's fast and goes quickly across, and you can use it when it's dry that's great but in that region it tends to rain a good portion of the year.
00:01:23
Apparently there are less and less appliance then there used to be, but I think that most villagers would rather see that their be a bridge built on their territory rather than a zip line. There's no way of life that's under threat, they would rather be connected to the outside world then isolated, and then forced to jump across, hanging out to their lives with two metal hooks every single day.
00:01:41
>> In, Fugong County, an eight hour drive away from similar zip linning villages are seeing so much needed change. Roadside construction projects are building bridges at a fast pace. But it's not clear when these bridges might finally make their way to. And until then, residents will continue their desperate trips to the outside world.
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