Actresses dance during a dress rehearsal of the evening party held by Lhasa TV station for the upcoming new year of Tibetan calendar which falls on Feb. 25, in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 10, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)
Traditional Tibetan festivals have attracted more visitors to tour the region for showcasing the unique features of the highland culture.
"Various tourism and cultural festivals in Tibet, such as the annual Shoton Festival, the Gongbo Folk Tourism Festival, and the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival, are rich in content and diverse in forms. They help usher in the peak tourism season," said Wang Songping, deputy director of Tibet's Tourism Bureau.
The seven-day Shoton Festival, or Yogurt Festival, held last August attracted tourists from home and abroad with the traditional Buddha thangka unfolding ceremonies and Tibetan opera performances.
During the festival, Lhasa's Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and Jokhang Temple received at least 220,000 visitors.
Meanwhile, local governments at various levels also promoted tourism by introducing theme tour routes, such as tour to the Ancient Tea and Horse Route and tour to experience Lhasa customs.
Nyingchi Prefecture in southeast Tibet, well-known for its elegant natural sceneries, unique folk customs and culture landscapes, has reported 1.1 million tourists so far this year.
The Gongbo Festival, the traditional New Year held in Nyingchi on the first day of the tenth month according to the Tibetan calendar, is also greatly appealing tourists.【1】 【2】