Halong bay festivals (Part 1)

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FESTIVALS IN QUANG NINH PROVINCE

Ha Long Tourism Festival has been organized since 1998 and already become a special tourist product. It comprises a series of cultural, sport and tourist acitivities which lures the large participation of local people, domestic and international visitors.

Ha Long Tourism Festival 2011 will take place in 4 days from April 28 to May 1, 2011 in Bai Chay tourism area (Ha Long city), Mong Cai city, Yen Hung district, Van A?on district and Uong Bi district.

Ha Long Tourism Festival 2011 program will be built upon the previous yearsai??i?? achievements. It is expected to create a strong attraction with the people and international tourists, promote the campaign to vote for Ha?? Long bay as one of seven new natural wonders of the world and foster the link between sport activities and cultural ones.

A series of diverse programs are about to be held during the festival are the 2011 Carnaval Ha Long Festival; Tran Quoc Nghien Temple Festival, art performances, food festival, Tuan Chau international beach volleyball tourinament, exihibition on Ha Long bay pictures, concert performances, Quang Ninh open tennis tournament, Quang Ninh international trade fair, etc. Besides, lots of cultural, sport and tourist activities will also be held in other districts and cities across the province.

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YEN TU FESTIVAL

Place:Ai?? The mountainous region of Yen Tu, Thuong Yen Cong Commune, Uong Bi Town
Time: Yen Tu festivities begin on the ninth day of the first lunar month and last until the end of the third lunar month.
Significance: Yen Tu has been a centre of Buddhism for many centuries, and is the starting point of the Buddhist sect of Truc Lam. Travellers to Yen Tu Festival to stay away from the mundane and go on a religion pilgrimage in the midst of the mighty nature. There is a popular saying about Yen Tu:”Even after 100 years of virtuous religious life, if you don’t come to Yen Tu you cannot be called a true religious person”.

In the wide ensemble of vestiges in YA?n Tai??i??, there are 11 pagodas and hundreds of shrines and towers. One form of entertainment is to climb the peak to where the Dong Pagoda was built (1,068m above the sea). On the way, you’ll see pagodas, a tower, a stream and a forest. At the top, after having burned joss-sticks, you seem to be lost in nature somewhere between the sky and the earth. When clear, you can perceive almost all of the northeast area from here. (to be continue)Ai??halong bay tour