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Workers sweep snow off a narrow cliff path in China

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It’s scary enough to walk on this cliff-side footpath on a sunny day, let alone when it is covered with snow.

The perilous walkway is situated at a staggering 7,000 feet high on China’s Huashan mountain and is just 11 inches wide.

A stomach-churning video has captured how the workers at the scenic spot carefully walked on the 165-foot-long planks as they removed snow from the ancient trail.

Don't look down! A worker uses a shovel to remove snow from a cliff footpath at 7,000ft high

Don't look down! A worker uses a shovel to remove snow from a cliff footpath at 7,000ft high

Don’t look down! A worker uses a shovel to remove snow from a cliff footpath at 7,000ft high

Watch your step! The worker prevents himself falling by hooking him to the metal chains

Watch your step! The worker prevents himself falling by hooking him to the metal chains

Watch your step! The worker prevents himself falling by hooking him to the metal chains

One of the workers told Pear Video that they tried to keep the footpath clean so they would sweep the narrow platform after every snow.

He said they would first use shovels to break the snow before using big brooms to sweep it away. They would then put salt on the surface of the footpath. 

The video shows that workers attaching themselves to the metal chains on the cliff using a rope and hooks in order to protect themselves.

Dangerous job: One workers says they would sweep snow off the footpath after every snow

Dangerous job: One workers says they would sweep snow off the footpath after every snow

Dangerous job: One workers says they would sweep snow off the footpath after every snow

Have we finished yet? The workers use shovels and brooms before scattering salt on top of

Have we finished yet? The workers use shovels and brooms before scattering salt on top of

Dedication: The workers would use shovels and brooms to sweet snow before scattering salt

The danger of their job doesn’t seem to bother the workers. The same worker told Pear that they usually live on the mountain and go home once a week.

‘But once we leave our room, we would see amazing views,’ he explained the joyful part of his job.  

Dating back to the 13th century, the Huashan footpath attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.

The vertigo-inducing footpath was built by Taoism master He Zhizhen some 700 years ago

The vertigo-inducing footpath was built by Taoism master He Zhizhen some 700 years ago

The vertigo-inducing footpath was built by Taoism master He Zhizhen some 700 years ago

It is situated at a staggering 7,000 feet high on Huashan mountain and is just 11 inches wide

It is situated at a staggering 7,000 feet high on Huashan mountain and is just 11 inches wide

It is situated at a staggering 7,000 feet high on Huashan mountain and is just 11 inches wide

The vertigo-inducing footpath was built by Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) Taoism master He Zhizhen (1212-1299). 

Master He wanted meditate in a secluded cave on Huashan, so he built the walkway to help him reach the cave.

Today, the hiking trail also consists of vertical ladders and a series of steps carved into the cliff face. Tourists walk on the infamous wooden path with a safety belt.

 

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