China plans highway on Mt. Everest

Date: June 19th 2007

China plans to build a highway on the side of Mount Everest to pave the way for the Olympic torch’s journey to the peak of the world’s tallest mountains, state media reported today. Xinhua News Agency said construction of the road, budgeted at 150 million yuan ($ 19.7 million) would turn a 108 km rough path from the foot of the mountain to a base camp at 5,200 metres “into a blacktop highway fenced by undulating guardrails.” Xinhua said construction of the road would start next week and would take about four months to complete.

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