Horsing around at a grassland festival

August 4th, 2010 1 comment

In the dusty plains of the Gegentala grasslands, three horses run side by side at full gallop while six boys form a pyramid on their backs. The crowd roars with approval as they hoist a flag.

Under the scorching Inner Mongolian sun, the annual Nadaam Festival ran from July 11 to July 13 this year.

A three-hour bus ride from Hohhot on surprisingly good quality roads leads to a collection of temporary traditional yurts dotting the plains. Horses are tethered to stakes while goats and cows roam the plains.

At the festival site there is little choice in accommodation. Traditional yurts, essentially semi-permanent tents with a round base, sleep five to seven people in a tight circle on the floor.

For those who don’t want to rough it, the more fancy air-conditioned yurts contain a double bed, table and chairs.

On the Sunday morning the festival gets underway with an opening ceremony. Agitated sun umbrella wielding viewers jockey for position as they wait for the speeches to finish and the stunts to begin.
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2010 HORFA Global Horse Show & Appraisal

June 18th, 2010 No comments

Large quantities of gallant horses will be assembled to the nationwide horse owners and horse fans on the stage of HORFA, Horse experts will judge the horses in HORFA and give each of them a fair evaluation.

Date: September 24-26, 2010
Place: Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Hall
Application, click here: HORFA 2010 booth contract (428)
Visitor Pre-registration online,click here
Connemara Pony

Warm Blood

Mini-horse

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Archers to compete in national archery match in Xiamen

May 25th, 2010 No comments

131 archers from the nation’s major archery cities will gather in Xiamen to compete in the National Archery Match on 26th May 2010.

As the host of the archery match, Xiamen will field 10 male archers and 10 female archers to compete in the match.

The National Archery Match is jointly hosted by National Archery Sports Management Centre and Xiamen Sports Bureau, and undertaken by Xiamen Shooting & Archery Centre.

The archers participating in the match are from many provinces and areas in the nation, including Changchun, Shenyang, Harbin, Siping, Anshan, Baotou, Changzhi, Chengdu, Xi’an, Wuhan, Taiyuan, Shijiazhuang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Yangpu District of Shanghai, Wuxi and Xiamen.

Most of these participants are high level archers. Among them, Mao Yifan has won the National in-door Archery Tournament, and Xiang Yukun is the champion of last year’s annual provincial archery match.

Source: whatsonxiamen.com