The first Hong Kong woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest returned home to a hero’s welcome from her family, friends, students and fans.
Ada Tsang, 40, who quit her job as a school teacher in April to pursue her dream, said she is grateful for years of support from her mother, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
After two failed attempts in 2014 and 2015, Tsang reached the Himalayan peak, 8,848 meters above sea level, on May 21 along with several teammates, including 38-year-old physiotherapist Elton Ng, who returned to Hong Kong on Thursday.
Asked by the media how she felt standing at the top of the world, Tsang said she did not feel a sense of conquest because the extremely severe weather conditions made her want to go down the mountain as soon as she could.
The purpose of her trek was not to conquer anything but to fulfill a promise to her students, Tsang said.
Tsang said she wanted to teach her students by using herself as an example that they must learn to overcome difficulties if they want to succeed, Apple Daily reported.
A student said he once considered Tsang’s promise to climb Mount Everest empty words but now her feat has taught him the value of perseverance.
Tsang defended herself against criticism by netizens that she ignored two dying climbers in the snow on her way up.
She said she would not blame her critics because they were not there and did not understand the real situation.
Tsang had said that the two asked her to share her oxygen cylinder with them. She declined for safety reasons.
She said she would have offered help if she could but the reality was that it was beyond her capability.
Tsang said she has no specific plans for her future but added she would like to contribute her experience to the field of mountain climbing and continue to be an educator if she has the chance.
All she wants to do now is sleep and enjoy her mother’s soup.
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