Broadcast Transcript: If China has a national sport, well, it's got to be Extreme Engineering. The Great Wall. The Grand Canal. The Three Gorges Dam. The railroad at the top of the world. And now the Mt. Everest Highway, a 3.2 mile paved road running from the foot of the mountain to a base camp over 17,000 feet above sea level. The reason is twofold: so that the Olympic torch runners will have an easier time getting the flame to the top of the highest mountain in the world and so that more tourists will be willing to make the trek. This may spell the end for the sherpa industry but there is certain to be a boom in bumper stickers saying "This car climbed Mt. Everest". #ceas #china #hacker #tsutsui
This is one of hundreds of 60-second radio spots created by the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) for Kansas Public Radio (KPR). The purpose of this outreach program is to introduce the people of Kansas to the culture and current issues of East Asia.