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China marks 50th anniversary of ascending Mt. Qomolangma
16:24, May 25, 2010  

At 4:20 am of May 25, 1960, three Chinese mountaineers successfully surmounted the peak of the Mt. Qomolangma, for the first time, marking China's first conquest of the world's highest peak and the first for human to top the mountain via the northeast ridge, which is known as "route close to death".

A forum was held in Lhasa on May 24 to mark the 50th anniversary for Chinese climbers ascending the Mt Qomolangma for the first time.

29 mountaineers from the China Mountaineering Team reached the 8,100-meter place, 13 reached the 8,500-meter place while only Wang Fuzhou, Gongbu and Qu Yinhua succeeded in conquering the peak.

"I am really proud of being one of the three," said Gongbu while addressing at the 50th anniversary of China's conquest of the Mt. Qomolangma held in Beijing.

He said, 50 years ago, the China Mountaineering Team was just established for five years. The foreign mountaineers put rumors that the north ridge of Mt. Qomolangma is a "life forbidden zone", and no one can ascend the Mt. Qomolangma from the north ridge.

In the 1960s, China was in face of a three-year economic difficulty, so the China Mountaineering Team had a series of difficulties to overcome.

"Special age calls for special spirit, a spirit to overcome difficulty and to win. The China Mountaineering Team did it," said Nyima Tsering, head of the China Mountaineering Team.

In the past fifty years, the Tibet Mountaineering Team has made many world records in the mountaineering circle.

In 2005, the Mt. Qomolangma is estimated at 8844.43 meters above the sea level.

In 1975, Panduo from the Tibet Mountaineering Team topped the Mt. Qomolangma, becoming the first female mountaineer via the north ridge. On May 8, 2008, the Beijing Olympic flame scaled the highest point as Chinese mountaineers carried it to Mt Qomolangma.

Source: China Tibet Information Center


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