Always nice to see a picture of mine running on the front page of the Sunday edition of the New York Times. In this story Ed Wong argues that the Yushu horse festival, like many other folk events in Tibet and other regions of China, are a showcase for the "happy and joyful" life of ethnic minorities in China, and for the great job the government is doing at preserving their culture, while the reality is very different. The popular mainland tabloid Global Times, was very unhappy about the story and published a rebuke. It also asked Lian Xiangmin, an expert at the China Tibetology Research Center in Beijing who was quoted in the NYT story, its view on the matter, only to be given the same answer : "What I said was that some tourism events organized by local governments are not linked with tradition,", somewhat defusing its criticism of NYT supposed bias.
Here are a few more images from this festival :