Nagqu Culture

Naqu County, belonging to the Nagqu area of Tibet, is the political, economic, cultural, transportation, information and communication center of northern Tibet. It has an altitude of 4450 meters, the maximum distance of 233 km east-west, north-south maximum distance of 185 km, with a total area of 16,195 square kilometers. In 2000, the county had a national product of 131 million yuan. It is a wealth place full of simple folk custom.

 Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Like many nomadic peoples in the world, Tibetans and horses are very closed. Nagqu Horse Festival, which named "Daqiong" in Tibetan language, is a large-scale traditional festival in northern Tibet. Every year on August 1st, the Nagchu Horse Racing Festival kicks off in Tibet and lasts between five to fifteen days.

Horse racing festival is also a love season. Han people used to regard it as "romantic." Therefore, it is no exaggeration to say that the pastoralists have valued the horse racing festival beyond the Tibetan New Year. Before the horse racing festival, herdsmen come from a few hundred kilometers around the township with tents, dressed in colorful national costumes, wearing their most admirable jewelry. The tents were crowded with the Nagqu Racecourse overnight, thus it was a spectacular "city" then. Nagqu is famous for its activities, such as the exchange of materials, art performances, various folk sports such as tug of war, long jump, holding stones and so on.