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A huge 2,000 year old horse farm on high pastures...

๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข... ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ...

In the middle of the Hexi corridor at the foot of the Qilian Mountains in Gansu province is the ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ (ๅฑฑไธนๅ†›้ฉฌๆ€ปๅœบ). Seemingly the oldest state-owned enterprise still operating in China, the farm has a history of over 2,000 years when Emperor Wu of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC โ€“ 8 AD) started breeding military horses.

With a size of 2,200 km2 (little less than the size of Luxembourg) at altitudes ranging from 2,420 to 4,933 meters, the farm has been breeding Shandan horses since ancient times. Also other horse breeds such as Turkestan and Mongolian horses have been introduced in the farm.

The Shandang farm horses were as well an essential mean for transport during the ancient Silk Road. Famous movies such as the Wrangler, Princess Wencheng, and the Mongolian Flower have been shot at the farm.

Today, the farm is managed by the China Animal Husbandry Group and more focused on the fast growing equestrian (horse riding) sports in China, race horses, police horses and tourism. Thousands of horses inhabit the beautiful high grasslands with indigenous herbs and flowers in the farm estate.

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