Old news, but I hadn't heard of this before
In 2007 the Chinese Government saw sense and decided not to run a tarmac highway halfway up Mount Everest. The road, replacing an older dirt track, was to have reached 17,000ft up the world's tallest mountain. The authorities had argued that the road was necessary in order to allow the Olympic Torch procession to reach the summit of the mountain in 2012.
Thank God Common Sense prevailed!!