YUSHU

Tibetan culture is rich in music, dance, story telling and numerous other art forms.  Also known as great equestrians, Tibetans have for generations gathered to celebrate this passion.  During the summer months, throughout Tibetan communities, horse festivals are numerous and varying in size.  Often 3-5 days in length competitions include sprint races, long-distance races and obstacle courses.  Young men as well as youth have the opportunity to take part in these highly anticipated events.  Music and dancing are also part of the festivities as entire communities join together to celebrate.

Yushu Prefecture, devastated by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake in 2010, is still in the process of reconstruction.  However, amidst the wreckage and new construction still taking place, the surrounding Tibetan villagers still gather to compete and participate in the joyful gatherings.