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Enjoying slow life in Lhasa's lingka

China Tibet Online)  08:52, July 26, 2013  

Photo shows that a dancing Tibetan young lady enjoys slow life in "lingka" in Lhasa, capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/China Tibet Online]

In Tibet, there are many ways of leisure, among which "Guo Lingka", literally meaning "spending leisure time in the parks", is favored by almost every resident.

As summer approaches, residents in Lhasa begin to enjoy "lingka", which means parks in Tibetan language. It is one of the most common ways for Tibetans to relax in summer, including going outings or having picnics in parks or suburbs with family or friends.

With the increasingly pleasant climate, Tibetans have fun from ethnic featured delicacies, singing and dancing, and various games such as Tibetan chess and Tibetan cards.

"Guo Lingka" is an important part of some festive celebrations, such as the Shoton Festival that will fall on Aug. 6 this year.

Apart from spontaneous and scattered trips and activities in "lingka", there is a special festival called "Lingka Festival" in Tibet, which reflects the importance of "Guo Lingka" in Tibetans' life.

In Lhasa, there is no fixed date for the festival, ranging from May to September, yet the period between the 1st to the 15th day of May of Tibetan calendar is the peak time. While in southwest Tibet's Shigatse Prefecture, the Festival is fixed on June 1 by Gregorian calendar when many people will gather in Konjo Linka at the riverside of the Nyangqu River to have a great fun.

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(Editor:YaoChun、Zhang Qian)


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