24 volunteers are headed to Chinese base camp to help clean up the mountain.
They will work for about 15 days. From professional mountaineers to citizens
of China they will help clean up the lower mountain.
Within the next year China will build the world's highest unmanned
automatic weather station on the North side of Mt. Everest to acquire
"error-free climatic data", said Wang Jianshe, from the Tibet Weather Bureau
in Lhasa. The station will sit at an altitude of 5,300 meters and will collect
data on temperature, humidity, air pressure, rainfall, wind speed and
ultraviolet radiation. This could represent an important improvement for
climbers on Everest as the mountain is currently monitored from a station 90
km away. This is especially true given Everest's unpredictable and often
severe weather. The Everest station will be part of an automatic
weather-monitoring network spread across Tibet with a cost of 27.35 yuan ($3.3
million) that will help provide long-term and more accurate weather
predictions for the region. Source: Xinhua news agency.
Today some teams receive and pay for custom weather forecasts which
cost several thousand dollars to product and have proved excellent over the last few years. Other's rely on regional type
forecasts which have been very inaccurate at times. Other choose to go it
While some might degrade the Chinese efforts, the truth is,
the Chinese produced produced REAL LIVE broadcast quality footage on China Central
Television (CCTV) along with wireless communication including messaging and
multimedia messaging services last year on Everest. This was not a simple
image or mov file loaded from a Sony camera but REAL broadcast TV from the
Summit of Mt Everest. This was the second time the Chinese transmitted
broadcast quality TV from the Summit of Everest. Also, there also is NO question to
as if this occurred... Just imagine if a western nation would have done so. We
need to give credit to where credit is deserved.
Last year the first Chinese summits of 2003 were broadcast
live on China Central Television (CCTV), and then they teamed up with China
Mobile Communications Corporation and Motorola Inc. to introduce short
messaging and multimedia messaging services at Mount Everest, where some
twenty international teams had gathered to commemorate the first human
conquest of the world’s highest mountain half a century ago. China Mobile, the
largest mobile operator in China, had set up a mobile telephone system at the
Base Station to provide the wireless signal. Motorola, the largest mobile
handset manufacturer in China, contributed 388C multimedia messaging enabled
phones, while SOHU provided the value-added content services for live
text-based short messages services (SMS) and multimedia messaging service
(MMS) broadcasting throughout the expedition and online reporting on the SOHU
website (www.sohu.com) and everestnews.com.
Charles Zhang, an experienced mountain climber, joined the
2003 China SOHU Team as assistant captain until a height of 6,666 meters. The
team sent around 300 MMS throughout the journey to report on the expedition’s
progress. The highest point from which MMS was sent was at 8,300 meters. The
2003 China SOHU team reached the 8,848 meters high summit on May 21 and marked
the momentous occasion by sending an SMS text message and planting the team
China is changing, things are happening...
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