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Tibetan Ponies on the Yilhun Grassland , Tibet བོད | by reurinkjan
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Tibetan Ponies on the Yilhun Grassland , Tibet བོད

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The grassland region to the northeast of Tro La pass-4864m is known as Yilhun.Here two rivers,the Tro-chu and Dzenu-chu drain from the Trola Range to form the Yi-chu,a fast-flowing tributary of the Nyag chu ཉག་ཆུ་ (Yalong) .Here I visited the sacred glacial lake of Yilhun Lha Tso-4110m,situated some 30km below the Tro La pass. This lake is one of the most beautiful in all Tibet བོད.

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Horses in general are well-regarded by the local people, and they have been traditionally kept by both wealthy Tibetans and farmers alike, as well as by the Dalai Lama and other religious figures. The ponies were sent as gifts to Chinese Emperors, especially during the Ming and Tang dynasties.

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Taken on September 22, 2009