The village sited atop a precarious cliff where young children were forced to scramble up an 800-meter cliff face on rickety wooden ladders to get home from school is now being developed as a tourist site with expected investment of 300 million yuan ( million), local media reported Tuesday.
Atuleer, an isolated village in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, will be developed into a tourist site and also will come to represent China's efforts in China's poverty relief management, the Sichuan-based West China Metropolis Daily reported.
A tourist company in provincial capital Chengdu has signed a contract with the county government of Zhaojue, with the budget set at 300 million yuan, the report added, quoting the village's clerk as saying.
The tourism development will focus on the area's natural beauty, including the valley, karst caves, hot-springs and forest.
The announcement comes after a more secure steel stairway was installed in November 2016 to replace the previous rattan ladders that hung the length of the cliff.
The village started construction of the new stairs in August 2016 with the help of the 1 million yuan they raised after images of the schoolchildren climbing the old rickety ladders drew worldwide attention in May 2016.
It now takes only half an hour for villagers to climb the new ladder to the outside world, but it tool up to three hours to scramble up the old ladders, the West China Metropolis Daily reported.
Atuleer, home to people from the Yi ethnic group, has no road connection and the residents depend on subsistence farming of potatoes, walnuts and chili peppers.