Carnival atmosphere in northern bay
Visitors to Ha Long Bay enjoy annual carnival with art performances and firework displays
The 2009 Ha Long Tourism Festival, the largest of its kind, is expected to welcome 500,000 visitors
A carnival atmosphere will once again heat up UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay with the “2009 Ha Long Tourism Festival,” to be held April 25 to May 2 in northern Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The festival will celebrate the land, sea and sky, according to the provincial government.
The opening ceremony, “Ha Long – World Natural Heritage Rendezvous,” will feature a carnival procession and traditional dances by 1,500 local and international performers. They will perform on land and on floating stages around the Bai Chay ferry harbor.
A highlight of the nine-day festival will be the “Meeting of Heritages,” which features six art troupes, two of which are from China.
Visitors to Ha Long City will also enjoy a series of cultural events, including a food fest, performances by domestic and international artistes, sports competitions and business fairs.
A firework display will close the festival at Bai Chay Ferry area on May 2.
Coming during two days of public holidays, the festival, the largest of its kind in the country, is expected to welcome 500,000 visitors.
Ha Long Bay is one of the most popular hot spots for tourists in northern Vietnam. With its exceptional scenic beauty and interesting geology, the bay has twice been recognized as a World Natural Heritage Site by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Quang Ninh Province received about two million visitors in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 23 percent over the same period last year.
Source : vietnewsonline.vn
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