|Gyalpo (middle) and four other dancers from the Shuangcha township government watch the show at the opening ceremony.|
More than 1,800 people, including both Han and Tibetan, danced together to celebrate the annual harvest in Luqu county of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province.
Local authorities have hit on the idea that focusing on culture would be the best way to boost the economy and maintain stability.
The dancers from seven counties of Gannan and from neighboring Tibetan areas in Qinghai and Sichuan provinces formed 22 teams to participate in a contest of guozhuang, a traditional Tibetan form of singing and circle dancing.
The contest, held by the county government of Luqu where 83 percent of population is Tibetan, attracted nearly 3,000 people who set up tents on the grasslands and spent the three-day festival there while watching the contest.