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Diqing holds festival in celebration of Kangba culure

08-19-2010 11:08 BJT

Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, where the legendary 'Shangri-la' is located, will hold a festival celebrating Kangba arts and ethnic culture from September 12th to the 16th, said the event's organizing committee at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

A press conference is held in Beijing on Wednesday to brief the media on the upcoming Kangba arts and ethnic culture festival in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan province. []
A press conference is held in Beijing on Wednesday to brief the media on the
upcoming Kangba arts and ethnic culture festival in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture of Yunnan province. []

Diqing, situated in a delta where northwest Yunnan borders Sichuan and Tibet, is one of the Kangba areas. Kangba is a branch of the Tibetan Ethnic Minority, mainly distributed in the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and some regions of Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai Provinces.

This year's Kangba arts and ethnic culture festival is jointly hosted by the local government of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan province, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province, Changdu in eastern Tibet and Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province. It is the sixth time the event has been held since it was initiated in 1994.

The festival is threaded by a series of events including an opening gala, Kangba singing and dancing performances, a tourism forum promoting Shangri-la travel and several exhibitions on Kangba culture. A set of commemorative stamps featuring local tourism and cultural icons will also be issued upon the opening of the event.

Diqing, in the Tibetan language means "an auspicious place". It is located in the heartland of "the-three-parallel-river-area" which is a world natural heritage site, making it a favorite destination for tourists and backpackers from home and abroad. The festival is expected to showcase the rich natural and cultural heritages of Diqing and other Kangba areas as well as propel the development of local tourism.

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