Bac Ha horse race attracts tourists

10:43 | 02/06/2020

The final round of the traditional horse race on the Bac Ha Plain of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai took place on May 31.

bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The traditional horse race takes place on the Bac Ha Plain of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
This year’s event is held earlier than previous ones in a bid to lure tourists to the northern mountainous province following the impacts of Covid-19 epidemic (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
Horse racing is a traditional activity of Bac Ha people. After many years of falling into oblivion, the traditional horse racing festival was officially restored in 2007. (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
Tourists come to Bac Ha to enjoy the unique horse racing (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The race of the so-called 'bare-footed knights' and transport horses attract many spectators, including foreigners (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The final round is attended by 33 jockeys from mountainous villages in Lao Cai and some neighbouring provinces (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
This is the first time a female jockey has attended the race since the first competition was organised in 2007 (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The jockeys and horses are divided into races to determine the fastest performers for the final rounds to compete for the top four positions (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
What is unique about the Bac Ha race is that the racing horses are usually used to transport goods to the fields on the high and steep mountains (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
While the jockeys are in actually fact genuine farmers from the ethnic groups of Mong, Tay and Nung (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
Spectators are treated to spectacular performances where the riders demonstrate their capability and talent for riding horses without saddles or straps (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
What is unique about the Bac Ha race is that the racing horses are usually used to transport goods to the fields on the high and steep mountains while the jockeys are in actually fact genuine farmers from the ethnic groups of Mong, Tay and Nung (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The jockeys and horses are divided into races to determine the fastest performers for the final rounds to compete for the top four positions (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The jockeys and horses are divided into races to determine the fastest performers for the final rounds to compete for the top four positions (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
Spectators are treated to spectacular performances where the riders demonstrate their capability and talent for riding horses without saddles or straps (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
Spectators are treated to spectacular performances where the riders demonstrate their capability and talent for riding horses without saddles or straps (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The jockeys and horses are divided into races to determine the fastest performers for the final rounds to compete for the top four positions (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The horse racing shows the cultural and spiritual life of local people (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The horse racing shows the cultural and spiritual life of local people (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
Horse racing shows the cultural and spiritual life of local people (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
It also contributes to preserving and promoting the cultural tradition of Bac Ha ethnic minorities to domestic and foreign tourists (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
First prize is awarded to Vang Van Giang in Na Hoi commune (Photo: Vietnam+)
bac ha horse race attracts tourists
The horse racing shows the cultural and spiritual life of local people (Photo: Vietnam+)

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