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By Daqiong and Palden Nyima in Lhasa | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-03-17 06:30

The Dzongyab Lukhang Park behind the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of the Tibet autonomous region, is one of the most eye-catching places in the city. The morning scene of the park is bustling, people come to the park for different purposes, including doing religious practices, exercises, dancing, singing, gatherings, and feeding the birds.

The Tibetan traditional circle dance, or Gorshai in Tibetan language, is widely practiced by local residents across the region, and it is more popular in Tibet's northern city of Nagchu and eastern Chamdo city. Gorshai is performed during Tibetan traditional festivals, such as horse racing festivals, the Tibetan Losar New Year, and the Shoton Festival.

Apart from the Gorshai dance, Nangma Doishai is also a hot spot in the park.
As a classic Tibetan dance, Nangma Doishai is a combination of music and dancing steps. People queue up hand in hand to take part in the Nangma Doishai, and the graceful postures are both elegant and noble.

In addition to the Tibetan Gorshai and Nangma Doishai dances, tai chi, a traditional Chinese martial art, is also widely practiced in Tibet. People believe doing tai chi would greatly contribute to their health, including improving cardiac function, softening blood vessels, and relieving the symptoms of hypertension, hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia.

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