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  A rehearsal climb, covering the proposed path up and down Qomolangma (Chinese name for Mt. Everest)


Since their 1949 occupation of Tibet, which gave them control of the North slope of Everest, the Chinese have sought to put their own stamp on the mountain. First by closing of the North Slope to foreign expeditions and then by mounting several expeditions of their own. This tradition continues with the September 23rd announcement that China would hold a torch relay over the world's highest mountain carrying the Olympic torch to the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.

At 14:37 p.m. on May 22 2003, Shi Wang and Jian Liu (members of China SOHU team-B) succeeded to climb the Everest zenith with the attitude of 8848 meters.

Plans currently in preparations call for the Olympic flame to be carried up the South side of Everest and then ferried down the Chinese North side by mountaineers. China expects to select 80 climbers for this feat. Provided good weather the relay will take place during May of 2008.

A rehearsal climb, covering the proposed path up and down Qomolangma (Chinese name for Mt. Everest) is scheduled for 2007. A Chinese mountaineering team scaled the mountain in May 2003 in what is seen as a trial run for the proposed relay.

 

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