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At least four deaths have been blamed on crowding during the climbs, Agence France-Presse reported.
People should be well prepared to handle Qomolangma’s traffic jams which are common phenomena along climbing paths, said alpinists who had reached the summit.
“Although the news about the jam on Qomolangma this year has gone viral, people should understand that it happens every year during the brief cl
imbing window. Knowing what to do when climbers jam the narrow paths should be incl
uded in their training well in advance,” said Ma Liyamu, who reached the top of Qomolangma, the world’s ta
llest mountain at 8,848 meters, on May 22 and was also held up by the crowds on her descent.
She is the leader of a mountaineering team of three Chinese women w
ho scaled Qomolangma. They launched their expedition from Nepal, which issued 381 cli
mbing permits for the season that concludes this week. Nepal’s permits this season cost $11,000 each.
In addition, a thread on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like comments platfor
m, titled “eating alone” contains 226,000 posts and has garnered 290 million hits.
In 2017, WithEating Magazine, a Chinese foodie journal, started its Eati
ng Alone channel on Bilibili, a popular video-sharing website. To date, the channel, wh
ich has 52 episodes explaining how to prepare meals for one, has attracted more than 200 million hits.
In February, the magazine published a book of the same name, listing 65 recipes for dishes ranging fr
om desserts to foreign cuisine, such as roasted ribs, the Korean favorite bibimbap and seafood curry.
To many people’s surprise, it became a best-seller. “We didn’t expect the book to sell so we
ll. We didn’t print enough copies initially,” the magazine said on its Weibo account last month.
Growth in China’s energy consumption remains robust while the forms
of energy continued to diversify in 2018, according to an annual report on China’s energy devel
opment released Sunday by the China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute.
Total energy consumed last year reached 4.64 billion metric tons o
f standard coal, a year-on-year growth of 3.3 percent – a five-year record, according to the report.
Consumption of clean energy, including natural gas, hydropowe
r, nuclear power and wind power, accounted for 22.1 perc
ent of energy consumption last year, up 1.3 percent compared with the same period in 2017.
Non-fossil energy accounted for 14.3 percent, up 0.5 percentage points year-on-year, the report said.
China produced 3.77 billion tons of standard coal last year, up 5 percent year-on-year, a seve
n-year high. It has also become the world’s largest natural gas importer, with a heavier reliance on energy imports.