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Riders on the plateau: Tibetans gather for horse festival

Ethnic Tibetans in traditional dress show off their skills in the saddle at a local government-sponsored festival in Yushu, in the northwestern Chinese province of QinghaiThundering across the vast Himalayan plateau in their traditional finery, Tibetan horsemen gather for an annual riding festival which is a colourful feast for the eyes. Multicoloured prayer flags inscribed with religious texts flutter in the breeze and tents line the green hills surrounding the racing ground in Yushu, in the northwestern Chinese province of Qinghai. The area is home to many of China’s eight million strong Tibetan minority, some of whom chafe against Chinese rule.

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