“Blue Pearl-2018” festival attracts over 20000 visitors

2018-03-06 13:12:34

Organized by the Governor’s Office of Khuvsgul province, annual ice festival named ‘Blue Pearl’ took place on the weekend, 2 and 3 of March.  The ice festival was celebrated under the theme ‘Let’s love and preserve Khuvsgul lake’.

This year, over 20 000 domestic and 132 foreign tourists visited, which was over 10000 in 2017 and also over 2200 vehicles gathered there. International hockey and figure skating teams participated at the festival as well.

Held for the first time in 2000, the festival aimed at paying a tribute to Khuvsgul lake and surrounding Mountains as well as to preserve the lake. Over the past 18 years, the number of horse sledge participating at the festival increased to 50 due to the scope of the festival that is expanding from year to year. It was six at the first festival.


Weather condition was favorable for the visitors to comfortably travel through the ice town in which the features of six ethnicities including Buryatia, Darkhad and Khotgoid, especially the Tsaatan (reindeer people) were shown.

During the festival, the tourists visited reindeer herders’ tents which show the features of Khuvsgul province.

In addition, 15 events such as traditional costume show, ice driving, relay contests, ice sumo, horse sledge race and others were organized.

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