The Huangshan International Climbing Competition Draws Largest Number of Teams and Participants on Record

Nov 26, 2012, 09:10 ET from

HUANGSHAN, China, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2012 China Public Mountain Climbing & Bodybuilding Conference and the 8th China Huangshan International Climbing Competition took place at Huangshan Scenic Area, attracting more than 140 overseas mountaineers from 40 countries around the world including the U.S., France, Russia, Spain, South Korea and South Africa, and 109 teams from 15 provinces and municipalities as well 5 colleges and universities within China. The event set a new record both in terms of the number of teams and number of participants with 1,360 climbers attending.

The opening ceremony was held at the southern entry point to the scenic area. Climbers started the 12-kilometer race at the entry point, then passed through Hot Spring, Ciguang Pavilion, Mid-hill Temple, and Laodaokou, and terminated at the Jade Screen Pavilion. The award ceremony was held at the renowned Guest-greeting Pine site.

Ultimately, Ma Mingtao from the young men's team and GanXue from the young women's team won first prize in their respective groups with the highest overall scores. Xiao Jie from India achieved first place in the international men's group, while Hashimoto Chihiro from Japan came in first in her category. Jiang Haowen was the male winner and Yi Lanlan was the female winner among the groups that came from China's universities. In addition, Liu Qingxiu placed first in the men's mid-age category, while Pan Mei was first in the women's mid-age category. Yan Yuedong and Xin Mei placed first respectively in Huangshan City men's and women's groups.

As part of the opening ceremony, Yosemite National Park (United States), Jungfrau (Switzerland), Petrified Forest of Lesvos (Greece) and other national parks and scenic areas around the world, as well as some domestic parks, including Taishan, Emeishan, and Jiuzhaigou, sent their congratulations.

This is the eighth year in a row that Huangshan has held the China Huangshan Climbing Competition, attracting over 60 teams from more than 50 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, as well as from the country's 30 provinces and municipalities, bringing together nearly 10,000 climbers and members of the media. The event is beneficial in many ways to the Huangshan region.

Wang Fuhong, secretary of Huangshan Municipal Committee of the CPC, Municipal People's Congress standing committee chairman and first secretary of the Party committee of the Huangshan Scenic Area Management Committee, Song Guoquan, Party Municipal Committee deputy secretary, Huangshan City mayor, and director of Huangshan Scenic Area Management Committee, Cheng Yi, chairman of the Party Anhui Provincial Education Working Committee and director of the Provincial Department of Education, Feng Chao, director of the Provincial Sports Bureau, Cheng Yingfeng, Party deputy secretary of Huangshan Municipal Committee, as well as Yan Jinan, deputy director of Mountaineering Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China and vice president of China Mountaineering Association were all present at the opening ceremony.

The mountain climbing event was organized by the Mountaineering Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China, the China Mountaineering Association, the Provincial Sports Bureau and the People's government of Huangshan City, and co-held by the Huangshan Scenic Area Management Committee, the working committee of Anhui Provincial Committee of the Communist Youth League in Zhejiang province and Huangshan Sports Bureau. was a co-organizer of the event.