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Special> China's Tibet: Facts & Figures> Society
UPDATED: October 30, 2008  

In 2007, Tibetan athletes won seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals in competitive sports at home and abroad. By the end of 2006, they successively climbed 14 peaks each with an altitude of over 8,000 meters. In the same year, Tibet made 24.0975 million Yuan by selling sports lotteries and collected public welfare funds to the tune of 8.0144 million Yuan.

Mass Sports Activities

Tug of war.

The year 2007 was the second year of the second phase of the National Fitness Program. In order to ensure smooth implementation, various kinds of sports and fitness activities and athletic meetings of national fitness at different level were held systematically. During the national fitness week, taking full advantage of public awareness of the Olympics, Tibet made efforts to constantly strengthen the sports fitness consciousness of the masses and improve the quality of people engaged in sports. Meanwhile, effective measures were taken to ensure that all kinds of fitness squares, centers and other public sports facilities were free or available at preferential rates for the public.

Based on the Opinion on Implementing the Fitness Projects in Rural Areas, Tibet also promoted the construction of fitness projects in rural areas and accelerated mutual exchanges between urban and rural areas, popularizing scientific fitness knowledge and actively holding fitness activities loved by farmers and herders.


In July 2007, the China Tibet Mountaineering Team succeeded in getting to the top of Gasherbrum I. Thus, all of the 14 peaks each with an elevation of more than 8,000 meters have been conquered.

It is a dream for every mountaineer to climb the 14 peaks each over 8,000 meters. In 1993, Tibet set up the "China Tibet Expedition for14 High Mountains", and by the end of 2006, they successively climbed 13 peaks. In July 2007, the "China Tibet 14 High Peaks Exploration Team" succeeded in dwarfing the Gasherbrum No.1 Peak, thus fulfilling the dram of conquering all of the 14 high peaks each with an elevation of 8,000 meters in the world.

Olympic Flame on Qomolangma

As one of the events of the 2008 Olympic Games, the Olympic flame was successfully taken to the top of the Qomolangma, a promise made when Beijing worked to bid for the Olympics, at 9:17 on the morning of May 8. It is an unprecedented move in the history of Olympic Games.

In accordance with the arrangements of the IOC and the General Administration of Sport of China, a total of 35 mountaineers started from base camp on the northern slope at 5,200 meters; from 6,500 meters, 19 members of the Chinese Mountaineering Team escorted the Olympic flame to the summit. After that, they followed the original route back.

The event was broadcast live by the CCTV and other major media units.

(China's Tibet facts and Figures)

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