This Looks So Romantic but It’s Exactly How These People Live

Nearly a hundred students in a reservoir area in Sichuan Province go to school by boat. (Image: Sina News)
Nearly a hundred students in a reservoir area in Sichuan Province go to school by boat. (Image: Sina News)

How do you get to school? By foot, bus, bike, or car? Those methods are just way too normal…

Nearly a hundred students in a reservoir area in China travel to school by boat.

Children who live by Huilong Reservoir in Sichuan Province have to attend schools outside the area, and get there by boat everyday.

Parents ferrying the children to and from school need to go back and forth at least four times a day. Many of them have calloused hands because of this.

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Grandpa fetching his grandchild by boat. (Image: Sina News)

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Parents have calloused hands from rowing boats so often. (Image: Sina News)

Within 10 minutes’ walk of the dam, there’s a village kindergarten, and a primary school. But residents have to travel to the dam by boat.

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The village kindergarten. (Image: Sina News)

For students who live closest to the dam, it takes 20 minutes to get to there by boat, whereas for those living far away, it takes almost two hours.

A special scene commonly seen there is children rowing boats on their own. A parent told Sina News: “If they want to row boats, just let them do so. We live next to the water, and have to get everywhere by boat, so sooner or later they will have to learn this.”

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A girl rowing a boat by herself. (Image: Sina News)

Besides rowing boats themselves, children now have another choice because about two years ago, the local government contracted five larger boats to fetch students.

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Larger boats provided by the local government. (Image: Sina News)

It might seem inconvenient, but sometimes I really wish I could live in such a peaceful place surrounded by water and nature where people do things slowly because everything requires patience. How about you? What do you think?

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