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February 21, 2006 at 6:21 am #30045
Litang Horse Racing Festival in August :
Located in the South-western part of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Litang is reputed as the High Town in the world due to its average altitude of 4133meters. The Maoya grassland where the town sited means the flat place as bronze mirror in Tibetan language .
It is a land of fortune. It had been the important and prosperous point of tea and horses exchanging trade. The No 318 Nation road starting from Chengdu crossed here and ended in Lhasa. The rich natural resources of forest, mine, medicine, plants, animal etc all make it mysterious.
It is in this mysterious land, the folklores, culture are well reserved. The Changqingchunker Monastery is known as the largest Yellow section monastery in Kham area. In 1580 the monastery was built and the 3rd Dalai Dama granted the Buddhism status for it . It has the capacity of hosting 4300 monks and more than 800 monks are resided all the year here. The monastery itself is built along the slope of the mountain, which is easy to seen under in distance. Nearly every room or palace is well engraved with the pretty Tibetan or religion related pictures.And the soul tower of its former Living Buddha are decorated with valuable juries and gems. .
The Litang Festival should be attributed to the Zubirishao Festival in every June of Tibetan Calendar , which in Tibetan means the festival of praying around the mountain . It had been long time kept as the traditional folklore of Litang, when the wild flowers and grass are just in their best time, and about 10 days¡¯ horse racing festival would be held in order to show their devotion to the scared mountain and celebrate their harvest in this year. It became the most important ceremony in the grassland.
In 1960s¡¯the local government decided to fix the date of every 1st , August to 7Th , August. During this festival, the people in their best folk clothes ,will come to the Maoya Grassland taking their tents, living wares and delicious food . They will set their tents, celebrate their harvest and relax themselves fully. The grassland will be the sea of tents. In the green grassland, by the side of the breaks, the colorful and different style tent will scatter in the land like the stars decorating the sky. As the hometown of the Horse Riding Skill, the Litang August Horse Racing Festival is well known in Tibetan area due to its grandness in scale, richness of racing programs, exited atmosphere. The horses taking part in the racing will wear red scarlet, bronze bell, colorful saddle with embroidery belt. The racing matches fall into the match of long distance bearing, trekking, riding skills, etc. Among them, the item of riding skill is the most attractive and exiting. The hiding under the belly of horse, up-side down standing on the back of the horse, shooting on the horse back, picking-up Hada, each of them are breath taking programs. Besides the horse racing festival, the folk programs of Tibetan operas, dancing, fashion shows, etc are also interesting programs. The Litang Horse Riding Festival is coming more and more attractive and larger and larger in scale. And now over 10 thousands of tourist from oversea countries will take parting in it each year.
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