Special report: 2008 Olympic Games
LHASA, June 18 (Xinhua) -- China will begin Monday
building a "highway" on Mount Qomolangma, the world's tallest peak, in southwest
China's Tibet Autonomous Region so as to ease the path of those bearing the
Budgeted at 150 million yuan (19.7 million U.S.
dollars), construction of the road will kick off at Qomolangma Base Camp 5,200
meters above sea level.
The project aims to turn a 108-km rough road linking
Tingri County of Xigaze Prefecture at the foot of the mountain to the Base Camp
into a blacktop highway fenced by undulating guardrails.
The project will take about four months. On
completion, the highway will become the major route for tourists and
mountaineers who are crowding onto Mount Qomolangma, known in the west as Mount
Everest, in ever larger numbers.
Organizers of the Beijing Games have revealed
ambitious plans for the longest torch relay in Olympic history -- a
137,000-kilometer, 130-day route that would cross five continents and scale the
world's summit, which straddles the border between China and