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Shenzhen climbers conquer Everest

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11:13 am
May 24, 2010


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  Wang
Shi (L) and a female climber, Wang Jing, display the national flag atop
Mt. Everest. Li Honghai

A six-member mountaineering team successfully scaled Mt. Everest,
formally known as Mt. Qomolongma, on Saturday morning (May 22). Four of
the team were from Shenzhen.

Fifty-nine-year-old Wang Shi, chairman of Vanke Group, China's
largest property developer based in Shenzhen, reclaimed his title as the
oldest Chinese ever to reach the summit.

Wang first scaled Everest seven years ago, becoming the then-oldest
Chinese national to reach the summit. However, another amateur
mountaineer, Sun Mian, broke Wang's record last Monday at the age of 57.

The successful attempt also made two women mountaineers, Wang Jing
and Chen Fang, the first Chinese women to scale the mountain from its
southern side.

Li Honghai, from Shenzhen Media Group, is the first person from the
Chinese media to have conquer the mountain.

The climbers reached the No. 4 base camp Saturday night and made
their way to the summit after a short break.

Named "scale Mt. Qomolongma — a zero kilometer act," the climb was
part of a public campaign to call for solutions to sort and recycle
Shenzhen's waste, and was co-organized by the Vanke Public Foundation
and the Tencent Public Foundation.

The climbers set out in two groups from the southern and northern
sides of Mt. Everest on Friday.

The two groups met at the base camp and climbed together to the
summit.

They will bring all the waste produced during the climb back to waste
processing plants for treatment. The 200 oxygen cylinders used by the
climbers will be turned into souvenirs and sent to the Vanke Pavilion at
the Shanghai Expo.

The climbers are expected to return to base camp today (May 24).


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