(PRWEB) April 13, 2012
Explore Tibet Team, a professional Tibet travel agency based in Lhasa, introduces the Gyantse Horse and Archery Festival to travelers and says: ”This festival is a unique tradition of nomadic herders and an opportunity for visitors to experience Tibetan culture firsthand during the tour Tibet.”
On July 20th thousands of Tibetan nomads will flock to Gyantse for the Horse and Archery Festival and Competition. Gyantse is the fourth largest city in Tibet, located about 260 kilometers southwest of Lhasa. The city is at an elevation of almost 4,000 meters above sea level, and it’s located along the Friendship Highway, which runs from Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal, making it an important center of trade and commerce. The festival and competition take place in the valley fields surrounding the city.
The summer festival dates to the beginning of the 15th century, and includes competitions in horse racing and archery, as well as performances of traditional folk singing and dancing. As participants gather for the festival families erect their traditional nomadic tents, forming a lively temporary city where people barter, trade, and socialize. These nomads come from all over the Tibetan plateau, where they spend summers grazing yaks, sheep, cattle, and goats, following a traditional lifestyle that has changed little since ancient times.
In recent times some sports events have been added to the competitions. In addition, the fine summer weather makes the days of the festival the perfect time for picnics, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Visitors to the area can take advantage of the weather and participate in this unique festival set in a pristine natural landscape.
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