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Shang Shung tourism festival kicks off in Tibet

08-06-2011 10:55 BJT

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Shang Shung is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates back more than 1300 years.

According to historical records, Shang Shung once dominated central and western Tibet, and its culture has influenced the philosophies and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Now, the local government has established a tourism festival based on its rich cultural heritage.

The most eye-catching event featured in the Tourism Festival is Tibet's most renowned horse competition. The match is divided into three categories: speed racing, endurance racing, and equestrian show. This year, a total of 87 horses participated in the games.

The winner in each category receives a 10-thousand Yuan prize. But for most local people, taking part in the competition is enough of an honor. They also weave their horses hair into colorful braids and feed them special forage. The runner-up of the speed race revealed his secret recipe.

Shang Shung is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates
back more than 1300 years.

Runner-up of Speed Racing, said, "I started preparing for the race one month ago. I put soaked highland barley in the forage, and the horse must not drink any milk."

To most Tibetan residents, watching the horse competition is half annual ritual, and half fun-filled celebration. But local businessmen also take it seriously. They are holding a trade fair selling jerked beef, dairy products and traditional handicrafts.

But a tourism festival wouldn't be complete without ethnic singing and dancing performances. Art troupes performed the "Xuan Dance", a traditional folk art that mixes dance with narrating and singing.

Main scenic spots of the region include sacred sites of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, as well as the ruins of the Guge Kingdom. Although tourists often find it difficult to breathe at an altitude of 4300 meters, they still don't want to miss the rarely-seen beauty on the roof of the world.

Shang Shung is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates back
more than 1300 years.

Shang Shung is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates
back more than 1300 years.

Shang Shung is an ancient culture and kingdom of western Tibet that dates
back more than 1300 years.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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