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Olympic flames reunite as Lhasa leg concludes

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(LHASA, June 21) -- The Olympic flame carried by Chinese mountaineers to "the top of the world", to an altitude of 5,200 meters at Mount Qomolangma in China's Tibet Autonomous Region on May 8, has been reunited with the one on the main torch relay route on Saturday, June 21, marking the end of the Lhasa leg of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Gangbung, a 75-year-old Tibetan "mountaineering hero", ran as the first torchbearer.

He started his mountaineering career in 1958, and joined in the Chinese National Mountaineering Team as a People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier.

The famous Tibetan female singer Cedai Drolma was elected as the final torchbearer.

The 71 year-old has enjoyed a 50-year singing career and was a particularly popular performer in the 1960s.

Drolma staged a performance to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the People's Republic of China in Beijing in 1959, and appeared in the large scale dance drama, "The East is Red", in 1963.

Her well-known Tibetan folk songs, such as "On the Golden Mountain of Beijing", "Stand up serf for a singing" and many more, have been popular among audiences home and overseas.

The Olympic Torch Relay will continue its trip in Golmud on Sunday, June 22.

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August 8-24, 2008

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