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A Strong Desire For Education Means A Most Dangerous Walk To School

Tashkurgan County is the farthest west county in Xinjiang, China’s farthest west province. High in the Pamir Mountains, Pili Village in Tashkurgan has only 80 schoolkids. The nearest school is 160 miles away, and they can only reach the main road to get to this school by traversing 40 miles of some of the most forbidding terrain on earth, on foot and by camel. Altogether, it takes them two days to get to school. They make the trek at the beginning and end of the school term, and stay at a dormitory at school while studying. Now that is really a desire for education.

Here is Chinese news coverage of the students on their trek.

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Added: Sep-24-2012 
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  • There....so when your relatives say " when I was your age, I had to walk"...tell them to fuck off.

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  • At the 4min mark, the lady points to a pond and is explaining that the pond water is no longer drinkable, and that it *was* their only source of water for the entire day. She goes on to mention that the next spot with drinkable water is 40km away.

    It's good to see people coming together to help these kids. Seems that everyone knows that without a good education, you're just another pair of hands in a country with +1.3 billion people.

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  • Chinese Via Ferrata

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  • No fatties, no smokers and no drop-outs.

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  • Move closer!

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  • unbelievably tough going on that rock precipice, I think I'd be just as scared, that's some mighty determination. honestly, it's not just a cliché but there are many children here who take the bus on very short distances, mainly because it's free here in London.

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