The Khampa Cowboys of Tibet: A Taste of the Wild East (Video)

The Litang Horse Racing Festival is the most celebrated holiday in the Eastern Tibetan Plateau, and is held every August in Sichuan Province.

An ethnic group known as the Khampas come from all parts of the region to camp at the festival, which includes song and dance, tea drinking, and of course high-speed horseback competitions.

Khampas are nomads, and typically herders. They ride Tibetan ponies which are small and fast.

The event is an important part of the Khampas’ socio-economic hierarchy, and those with the best horses are highly honored. It’s also a good time for trade.

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