Competitors warm up before a horse race in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

A horse is seen with people in Ngari Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 6, 2018. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Zhou Jianwei)

A horse is seen beside a car in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 18, 2018. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Zhou Jianwei)

A horse is seen beside a motorbike in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 18, 2018. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Zhou Jianwei)

Horsemen compete in a horse race in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

Chogyal Sangmo takes a rest againt her car door after a driving in Ngari Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 1, 2018. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Zhou Jianwei)

Urgyen competes in a horse race in Ngari Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 6, 2018. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Zhou Jianwei)

Urgyen stands with his horse in Ngari Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Aug. 6, 2018. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Zhou Jianwei)

A man is awarded after winning in a horse race in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

A boy prepares to compete in a horse race in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

People watch horse race in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

A man performs on a horse in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

A woman performs on a horse in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

People watch horse race in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

A horse is transported on a vehicle to a horse race in Ngari Prefecture, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

A man shoots an arrow on horseback in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)

People perform on horses in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2019. Since 1990, horses have been drifting away from plateau life, as most villages are connected to modern road networks these days. In some places, however, horses have regained their status as a mode of transport. Gyumey Dorje lives at the foot of Mt. Gang Rinpoche, a sacred mountain for Tibetans and a hot tourist attraction. There, villagers offer tourists services such as horseback riding or transferring goods up and down the mountain. "The horse is no common livestock," said Ngawang Tenzin from the local culture authority. "The changing status of horses reflects the development of Tibet." (Xinhua/Purbu Zhaxi)