The government of Liangzhou prefecture in southwest Sichuan province has succumbed to the public pressure and decided to build a steel staircase for a village located on a cliff following media reports that villagers have to climb 17 rattan staircases to get to their houses in the hilly and risky terrain, which earlier some said had claimed seven lives. Welcome to my Taobao village: how rural e-commerce growth is helping to empower isolated communities Lin Shucheng, the Communist Party chief of the prefecture, told the Beijing News that the government would construct the steel staircase as a stopgap arrangement before it worked out a permanent solution. The village, located at 1,400 metres above sea level in Zhaojue county, has 72 households and its only mode of communication with the outside world is the rattan staircases. Cloud-sourced: Chinese villagers sell packaged mountain air to oxygen-deprived city slickers Villagers said they usually visited the market, situated at the foot of the mountain, only once a week because of the inaccessible terrain. While children have to climb for two hours to go to their schools often accompanied by their parents. Local authorities said it was not feasible to build a school in the village since the population was very small. Zhaojue authorities had said that a plan to build a road was in the works and several surveys were already conducted. The road will preserve the natural view, making it a tourist attraction.