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Ten thousand horses gallop on Karkant Grassland of Zhaosu County, NW China’s Xinjiang

In July, Zhaosu County in Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang has splendid scenery with clear water, lush grass and groups of horses. On July 16, 2023, ten thousand horses galloped on Karkant Grassland of Zhaosu County, showing a spectacular scene.

On that day, 2023 China Xinjiang Ili Horses International Tourism Festival opened in Ili Horse Tourism and Cultural Park, and the most exciting scenery of the opening ceremony was the performance of "Ten thousand horses galloping".

Under the leading of herders, thousands of horses flooded into the vast Karkant Grassland, showing a spectacular scene.

Li Keao, a tourist of Urumqi City, northwest China’s Xinjiang, said, "The performance of 'ten thousand horses galloping' is magnificent. Such a scene can only be seen in the hometown of Ili horses. In this trip, I saw the grandeur of Xinjiang and felt the charm of Ili horses’ hometown."

Zhaosu County, known as the "hometown of Ili horses", teems with fine breed of horses and has a long history of horse culture. In recent years, Zhaosu County has taken horse industry as the core to promote the deep integration of horse industry and cultural tourism industry. Relying on the tourism brand "Zhaosu—the hometown of Ili horses", the amazing scene of "ten thousand horses galloping" shows the unique charm of "Ili horses’ hometown" to tourists.

Jiang Zizhu, a tourist from northeast China's Heilongjiang Province said, "This is my first time visiting Xinjiang and the first time visiting Zhaosu County. It is a beautiful place and a good summer resort. Words can't express the excitement I felt when I saw the 'ten thousand horses galloping' show and such a spectacular landscape."

With its profound cultural connotations and excellent basic conditions, Zhaosu County has gradually formed a horse industry that focuses on horse breeding,horse racing and others. With the deep development of comprehensive tourism, the tourism brand "Zhaosu—the hometown of Ili horses" has also constructed a complete new pattern of integrated development of "horse industry+cultural tourism".

(The Media Convergence Center of Zhaosu County, Reporter: Li Renlian, Sun Qinhua, Pu Zhiqiang)