Sun, Nov 16, 2003 - Page 5 News List

Camels strut their stuff in beauty competition

AP , BEIJING

Shiny hair. Upright humps. Sharp outfits. And definitely no swimsuit competition.

If you're in the market for a beautiful camel, those are apparently the things you might want to consider. And in northern China, they're doing just that -- holding a dromedary beauty contest as part of what is billed as "the first international camel festival."

The beauty competition in the Inner Mongolia region attracted nearly 100 dressed-up camels "as well as more than 2,000 fans," the official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday.

The judges, mostly experienced camel herders, described the criteria for victory to Xinhua: The camels, they said, "should have good appearance -- shiny hair and upright humps -- and should be good dressers wearing beautiful halters and saddles in a proper way."

The contest was held in a community called Alxa League, known as the "camel hometown." It has one-third of China's camels and is the main habitat for the double-humped Bactrian camel, Xinhua said. The two-humped Bactrian is indigenous to Mongolia and was domesticated some 3,000 years ago.

Festival sponsors said they wanted the camel beauty competition to generate more attention for the beasts.

This story has been viewed 2681 times.
TOP top