YINCHUAN, Northwest China, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The 2010 Chinese National mountain climbing festival kicked off Thursday morning in Guyuan city of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
More than 1,600 climbing fans from 18 provinces and regions gathered at Liu Panshan Mountain in Guyuan city to compete for the championship.
Participants have been divided into Competition category and non-Competition category.
About 335 competitors have to climb a distance of about 15 kilometers to reach the destination of the Migang Mountain, which is about 2,942 meters high. And the final results will come out Thursday afternoon.
Participants of the non-competition group will start their climbing journey on Aug. 6 and they just need to climb about seven kilometers along a much smoother and easier route.
Sha Zhihong, one of the mountaineers of the Competition Group, told Xinhua that he quite enjoyed the activity.
The winners will get a cash prize ranging from 100 yuan (about 14.67 U.S. dollars) to 10,000 yuan (about 1467 U.S. dollars), said the organizers.