Lying in the surroundings of vast grasslands at an elevation of 4100m, 286km west of Kangding, Litang, an oasis between Chengdu and Tibet, used to be an important stage on the Tea-Horse Caravans Route, now is a stop on south Sichuan-Tibet highway, a simple pasturing area with bustling bazaar where the nomads and Tibetans gather to trade their products.
Litang is quite famous for its horse racing festival. The festival stages in August every year and lasts for 10 days in Litang, celebrated with singing, dancing, eating and of course racing. Tibetans come a long way from and set their tents in the grasslands around, which offers an extraordinary scene in the grassland a world of tents.
After the wonderful ceremony with traditional Tibetan dancing and songs, the most exciting event is the horse races.
The brave riders will take their pretty decorated horses to participate the races and showcase their excellent horse riding skills. The women are all in their most beautiful best with magnificent jewelry as they shower their applauses on their heroes.