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As one of the most important festivals in Tibet with huge scale, Nagqu Horse Racing Festival is held in every August with a duration of 5 to 15 days.

Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Summer is a good season for travelers to travel to Tibet. Not only can you enjoy the attractive natural scenery, but also you can have a deep understanding of traditional culture and customs. Because there are lots of important traditional Tibetan festival held in the summer. Taking August as an example, there are five festivals in this months, including Nagqu Horse Racing Festival (Aug.10), Shoton Festival (Aug.10), Drepung Monastery Lhoobhum Festival (Aug.18), Drak Yerpa Monastery Cham Dance Festival (Aug.20), and Damxung Horse Racing Festival (Aug.20). Here, I’d like to introduce the latest one – Nagqu Horse Racing Festival (Aug.10).

Like other nomads around the world, the Tibetans has a special affection for horses. Legend has that the horse was born of the combination of the sacred bird in the heaven and the monkey on the ground. In the north of Tibet, possessing a good horse means a lot to nomads. Like the human beings, the horse also needs honor. Therefore, the Horse Racing Festival can be regarded as the festival for horses.

About Nagqu Horse Racing Festival

As one of the most important festivals in Tibet with huge scale, Nagqu Horse Racing Festival is held in every August with a duration of 5 to 15 days. Horse racing is an important and ancient tradition of continuing the legends of the boundless grassland. The ancient and prestigious Nagchu Horsing Race Festival is an irreplaceable tourist and sightseeing event in northern Tibet. Tourists who choose to travel to Tibet in the summer have no reason to miss this grand visual feast. Nagqu and Amdo are the best two place to experience the lives of Tibetan nomads.

Traditional Features of Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Generally speaking, Nagchu in August is the busiest and the most beautiful. Therefore, it is no exaggeration for nomads to say that the Nagchu Horse Racing Festival is more important than Tibetan New Year. Before the opening of Nagchu Horse Racing Festival, nomads from remote Tibetan areas come to Nagchu carrying tents, wearing traditional costumes and jewels. The ground around the horse racing is packed with thousands of tents during one night.

Before racing, the pious horse riders will circle around the huge incense platform to show their respect, and receive the blessings from Dalai Lama. With the acclimation and cheer of the audience, the curtain of the fierce horse racing is being revealed.

The length of the races varies differently, most of the races have more than ten kilometers. According to the age of the competitors, there are two kinds of competitors, children, and adults. According to the content of the race, there are several contents such as archery, shooting, the dedication of barleywine, and so on.

Best Tour Time to Nagchu

Nagqu Horse Racing Festival will be held on Aug, 10th, 2018. If you don’t want to miss this grand festival, you’d better get to Tibet in advance. Commonly, the best time for tourists to visit Tibetan grasslands is from May to September. From November to March, the weather in Tibet is dry, windy and cold. May to September is the golden season for grassland tour, warm and mild.

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