With all that is going on, we wanted to share a story of hope and renewal—of a rural community on the edge of a cliff that has found new purpose and hope. Atulie'er is a Chinese clifftop village accessible only by a steel staircase. 2,600 feet separate the village from basic services like schools and hospitals, and almost detached from the modern world, it has become a symbol of perseverance. Now, most of the families, who belong to the Yi ethnic minority, are moving out. They have relocated to the valley below where they have new homes and the prospect of new jobs and a new life. Other households have chosen to stay behind, as Atulie’er will be protected as a cultural heritage site.
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