By our correspondent
The 2015 Khunjerab-Pamir Cultural Festival has been scheduled to kick start on Aug. 26 at Khunjerb Top, the China-Pakistan border at an elevation of 16,000 feet above sea level.
The festival is a part of an initiative by the Karakoram-Pamir Landscape to boost collaboration among countries for biodiversity management and sustainable development in the Sino-Pak border region.
The festival, aimed to foster cultural and economic ties between China’s Xinjiang province and Gilgit-Baltistan’s Hunza district, will conclude in the border town of Sost on Aug. 27.
The festival will showcase the heritage and cultural diversity of the two regions, said the organizers. It will also underline the importance of the region in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in addition to promotion biodiversity in Khunjerab and surrounding areas, they added.
The festival will feature music, traditional sports, products exhibition, cultural dances, traditional food exhibition, wildlife sighting and photo exhibition. Artists from Xinjiang and Gojal Valley are expected to entertain the festivalgoers.
A large number of tourists from China and Pakistan are expected to attend the festival.
It is pertinent to mention here that Xinjiang and Hunza share strong historical, cultural and economic ties, dating back to the time of the ancient Silk Route. The festival aims to revitalize and bolster those ties.
Khunjerab is not only rich in biodiversity, but is also the gateway of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is said to be a game changer in the region.
The Wild Life Department of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Tourism Department of GB, Khunjerav Villagers Organization, and the Karakoram National Park in collaboration with ICIMOD are organizing the festival.