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Mount Everest, also known as Qomolangma, the main peak of the Himalayas and the highest peak in the world, lies on the border of China\ˇs Tibet and Nepal with its northern slop in China. A 1975 survey by Chinese alpinists put its precise height as 8,848 meters (29028 feet)(controversial). Shaped like a pyramid, the snow-covered peak is crisscrossed by several huge glaciers the longest 26 kilometers. Mount Qomolangma, which means "Goddess the Third" in Tibetan, is called Sagarmatha by the Nepalese and is known in the West as Mount Everest after the Indian general survey office in 1855 under the direction of the British arbitrarily named the mountain after its surveyor-general, Sir George Everest. In 1952, the Chinese government renamed it Mount Qomolangma. Long an attraction to outstanding world alpinists, the mountain has been open to foreign mountaineers on the Chinese side since 1980. Chinese mountaineers have twice scaled its summit from the northern slope: on May 25, 1960 and May 27, 1975.

Mount Everest appears on the following banknote(s):
RMB P887 1980 10 Yuan

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