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Nakchu, Tibet Province

    The Nakchu (Nagqu) area is at an altitude of 4,500 meters. The Qinghai-Tibet highway winds through the region providing easy passage amidst picturesque landscape. The ancient Shengshong culture ruins, Bonnist monastery, the Holy Namtso Lake and folklore of highland herders are all unique attractions to visitors from outside. The Town of Nakchu by the Qinghai-Tibetan Highway is a political, business, cultural center of northern  Tibet accessible by a network of roads. The annual Horse-race Festival held at the town is a window of highland culture and folklore activities. Nakchu and Damxung Horse Race festivals are the most lavishly celebrated festivals in northern Tibet.

    The festival, held in August, the best time of the year, is attended by tens of thousands of herders coming on horseback from as far as hundreds of kilometers away. A white tent city emerges from  nowhere. Contests of archery on horseback and horsemanship and yak race will beheld at the festival together with performances by itinerant balladeers and dancers in addition to a lively swap market. A travelers' resort village has been completed outside Nakchu. Open all the year round, it offers interesting insight into local life style and folk activities to tourists.

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