ated trash was collected over the region’s spring climbing season. In 2019, 8.21 metric tons of various domestic waste and 2.46
metric tons of sanitary sewage was collected after the mountaineering season,” said Tashi Gyatso.
According to Nyima Tseringa, the head of the region’s sport
bureau, the Tibet Mountaineering Guide School has been playing an important role in mountain rescue.
“Founded in 1999, it is world’s second and China’s first such school, fo
r training mountaineering talent,” said Tsering, vice-chairman of the China Mou
ntaineering Association. “Teams from the school have performed 29 high-altitude
rescues in recent decades, and have set the rescue record above 8,500 meters.”
nagement include controlling the number of climbers, limiting the climbing sea
son, setting high requirements and maintaining the high-traffic climbing routes.
“Seasonally, since 2017, we have only allowed climbers on Moun
t Qomolangma in spring due to favorable weather conditions of the northern slope,” Trinley said.
“Controlling the number of climbers is another key measure to ensure both mountaineering safety and ecological protection,” he said.
In 2019, the north face routes had a total of 362 people, including 142 foreign climbers fr
om 33 countries, 12 domestic climbers and 208 Nepali Sherpa mountaineering guides, the association said.
Within the last few years, the overall number of climbers has averaged 290, the association said.
the percentage of adult smokers to 20 percent by 2030, we have a lot of work to do,” he said.
The biggest obstacle to tobacco control in China is the powerful toba
cco industry, which is one of the biggest tax contributors to the government, he said.
Despite an increasing number of cities having local regulations on tobacco control,
national legislation is still lacking, due to causes including influence from the industry, he said.
“Only a few big cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen h
ave strict tobacco control regulations and law enforcement, but in most areas in China suc
h regulations are absent,” he said. “The prevalence of tobacco has caused serious health conseque