Damgxung Horse Racing

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It is said that Horse Racing Festival in Damxung is introduced from Mongolia to Tibet. So far a singer who can sing the song in Mongolian comes to sing Mongolian song. Damxung Horse Racing Festival (Dang Ji Ren Horse Race Festival in Tibetan language means Lamas chant sutras.) starts on every July 10th of Tibetan calendar, takes three days, and lasts for more than one month. In fact, the Festival is done for the good harvest, the commodity fair and the entertainment. Gradually, Lama Culture and politics permeate the Festival.
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Horse Racing Festival in Damxung provides a large variety of interesting activities, mainly including:
1. Cultural and recreational activities. It begins on July 10 and end on July 12, during which the horse race is held. The racehorses belong to tribal leaders or come from the best selection of every tribe. Besides, the horse race is fully open for every ambitious contestant. Before the race, the horse will be fed well with forage. The contestants are required to be above 12 years old and below 20 years old. The competition site is located at the Gandankaerba Pasture in front of the local government and the race counts 12 km in total. Judges are consisted of officials (respectively named as Jiaben and Tibetan Troop) from every tribe. At the beginning of the race, two officials (Jiaben) stand at each side of the lane holding a rope as the starting line while the finish line is marked with a white line on the ground. With the pistol fired, the competition formally begins. Contestants who enter the top 20 places will be awarded. Contestants from the first to the tenth place will be awarded a Kara and a colored silk. Besides, the champion will be awarded 100 taels of Tibetan silver and the second 80 taels, the third and forth 70 taels, and the rest from the fifth to tenth will be awarded from 65 taels to 60 taels. From the 11th on, no colored silk will be awarded and an ordinary Kara is awarded, instead. The 11th will be awarded 65 taels of Tibetan silver but at intervals of 1 rank, 5 taels will be less awarded.
Another competition program is the archery match. The contestants are consisted of leaders from all classes of the tribes. Everyone will shoot 3 arrows at the archery target located 100 meters away from the contestants. Anyone who hit the target will be awarded 5 taels of Tibetan silver and a Kara of good quality
2. In the three days, the herdsmen, in particular, the young men and women sing and dance in their best and go after their lovers, after their one-year hard working. The city is full of the festival happiness. According to the rules made by Sera Monastery, all the recreation is forbidden after three-day Horse Racing Festival. In the following month, politics and commodity fair begins.
3. On July and August of Tibetan calendar, herd products are very plentiful. The board herdsmen come to the horse racing assembly to exchange farm products and living goods. It is also a commodity fair, which attract traders from Lhasa, Shigatse, Jianglong, Nagchu, Pangduo and any other county (Dzong). Herdsmen use their domesticated animal products and local specials to exchange ghee, tsamba, tea-leaves and living goods. Monasteries, local governments, tycoons and rich families also come to collect the debt. The assembly is very crowded and thousands of persons join every day.
 
Day 1: (1st, August): arrive in Lhasa (alt.3650m) by air
Accommodation:
Cool Yak Hotel or similar if late booking

Highlights: No visiting arranged today.

Schedule: Picked up at the airport or train station and offered a white scarf (called Hada) in a Tibet traditional way which brings you good luck and transferred to the hotel and rest as much as possible for acclimatization and better to drink more water.

Day 2: (2nd, August): Lhasa Sightseeing
Accommodation:
Cool Yak Hotel or similar if late booking

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street

Schedule: In the morning you will visit the world heritage site of Potala Palace, and in the afternoon visit Jokhang Temple (world heritage site) and Barkor Street Market, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties

Day 3: (3rd, August): Lhasa →Namtso Lake (alt.4718m) →Damxung(alt.4200m).
Accommodation:
Damxung Jinzhu Hotel or similar if late booking

Highlights: Namtso Lake

Schedule: Drive 245km to Namtso Lake from Lhasa city in the morning. Have a shot stop for the beautiful view of the grassland near Yangpacheng. When arriving Namtso Lake in the afternoon, enjoying the glory of the holy lake. By the lake, you can do the hiking around the lake and view the peak of Nyianchentangula (7162m). After this, continue to drive back to Damxung to enjoy the sunset over the wild grassland and have a good rest there and expect the next day's horse racing festival to come

Day 4: (4th, August): Damxung horse racing festival (alt.4200m).
Accommodation:
Damxung Jinzhu Hotel or similar if late booking

Highlights: horse race, archery and other recreational performances

Schedule: stay the whole day here to feel the true northern Tibetan landscape and tradition, in the evening you can also join in the bonfire evening party with local Tibetans to sing and dance

Day 5: (5th, August): Damxung→Lhasa→ airport
Accommodation:
Cool Yak Hotel or similar if late booking

Highlights: scenery long the road back

Schedule: in the morning, drive back to lhasa, enjoy some free time by yourself upon arrival, and in the afternoon transfer you to the airport.

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