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Zipping out for errands in China

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, and her daughter leave Lazimi village with a zipline across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China. Using a boat is out of the question for the villagers of Lazimi, which lacks proper roads and bridges because the rocks and foaming waters of the river Nu, whose name means "angry" in Chinese, make it just too dangerous to risk. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, and her daughter leave Lazimi village with a zipline across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China. Using a boat is out of the question for the villagers of Lazimi, which...more

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, and her daughter leave Lazimi village with a zipline across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, China. Using a boat is out of the question for the villagers of Lazimi, which lacks proper roads and bridges because the rocks and foaming waters of the river Nu, whose name means "angry" in Chinese, make it just too dangerous to risk. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, carries her daughter in her home in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, carries her daughter in her home in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, carries her daughter in her home in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A family is ready to zip their way back to Lazimi village after shopping at the Saturday market in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Most villagers, who are members of the Lisu ethnic group and are deeply religious, also zip across every Sunday for mass services at nearby churches. The nearest bridge over the river is 12 miles away from the mountainside village. REUTERS/Aly Song

A family is ready to zip their way back to Lazimi village after shopping at the Saturday market in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Most villagers, who are members of the Lisu ethnic group and are deeply religious, also zip across every Sunday for...more

A family is ready to zip their way back to Lazimi village after shopping at the Saturday market in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Most villagers, who are members of the Lisu ethnic group and are deeply religious, also zip across every Sunday for mass services at nearby churches. The nearest bridge over the river is 12 miles away from the mountainside village. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. The villagers have applied their own ingenuity in building the ziplines, inclined downhill and relying mostly on gravity, to cross the Nu, which snakes from Tibet along China�s border with Myanmar through the southwestern province of Yunnan. REUTERS/Aly Song

Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. The villagers have applied their own ingenuity in building the ziplines, inclined downhill and relying mostly on gravity, to cross the Nu,...more

Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. The villagers have applied their own ingenuity in building the ziplines, inclined downhill and relying mostly on gravity, to cross the Nu, which snakes from Tibet along China�s border with Myanmar through the southwestern province of Yunnan. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Village children play with a zipline cable in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. People estimate about 20 to 30 hamlets in the region still rely on the ziplines as their primary means across the river, although the lines are not always reliable, since they become slippery when it rains and too dangerous to use. REUTERS/Aly Song

Village children play with a zipline cable in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. People estimate about 20 to 30 hamlets in the region still rely on the ziplines as their primary means across the river, although the lines are not always reliable,...more

Village children play with a zipline cable in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. People estimate about 20 to 30 hamlets in the region still rely on the ziplines as their primary means across the river, although the lines are not always reliable, since they become slippery when it rains and too dangerous to use. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A woman gets ready to cross a zipline over the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Several zipline villages remaining in Fugong county, an eight-hour drive from Lazimi, are swiftly being connected to the outside world with bridges built by road construction projects. REUTERS/Aly Song

A woman gets ready to cross a zipline over the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Several zipline villages remaining in Fugong county, an eight-hour drive from Lazimi, are swiftly being connected to the outside world with bridges built...more

A woman gets ready to cross a zipline over the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. Several zipline villages remaining in Fugong county, an eight-hour drive from Lazimi, are swiftly being connected to the outside world with bridges built by road construction projects. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A villager carries an electric fan while zipping across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Laundry is seen at a villager's home in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

Laundry is seen at a villager's home in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

Laundry is seen at a villager's home in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, washes her face in her home in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, washes her face in her home in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, washes her face in her home in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A man from Lazimi village pulls himself back to the ground after zipping across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A man from Lazimi village pulls himself back to the ground after zipping across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A man from Lazimi village pulls himself back to the ground after zipping across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A view of Lazimi village seen from across the river in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A view of Lazimi village seen from across the river in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A view of Lazimi village seen from across the river in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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An ethnic Lisu woman from Lazimi village carries a basket in her hands as she zips across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

An ethnic Lisu woman from Lazimi village carries a basket in her hands as she zips across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

An ethnic Lisu woman from Lazimi village carries a basket in her hands as she zips across the Nu River in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Villagers watch others cross the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song

Villagers watch others cross the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song

Villagers watch others cross the river with a zipline in Lazimi village. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

Villagers are seen crossing the river with a zipline in Lazimi village in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, walks down village road in Lazimi on her way to the Saturday market in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, walks down village road in Lazimi on her way to the Saturday market in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

Cha Huilan, a 40-year old Lisu woman, walks down village road in Lazimi on her way to the Saturday market in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A Lisu man leaves his village on a zipline in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A Lisu man leaves his village on a zipline in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song

A Lisu man leaves his village on a zipline in Nujiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture. REUTERS/Aly Song
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