Ha Long Carnival Set To Kick off

The annual Ha Long Carnival, themed “Ha Long Bay – one of the world’s natural wonders” this year, opens later this month.

Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, is currently topping a list of candidates for the world's 7 natural wonders online poll 

The opening ceremony on April 26 at the Bai Chay Tourism Zone will feature martial arts performances, music and dance, and a fireworks display.

Organized in the form of a carnival on both sea and land, the event’s highlights will be a dragon dance narrating the amazing “descending dragon” legend of Ha Long Bay, an orchestra performance at the Dau Go cave, a beauty contest, a fashion show titled “The dance of rocks”.

Six ferries decorated in different themes -- “The legend of Ha Long Bay”, “Breathtaking Beauty”, “The dance of rocks”, “Exploring a unique ecological museum”, “Meeting place of ecotourism and maritime culture” and “The sea rhythm” – will put in an appearance.

An international trade fair and a food festival related to the carnival’s main theme will be held.
A festival atmosphere will pervade the streets of Ha Long town with a parade by ten trucks decked up to represent various famous places in Quang Ninh Province -- like Ha Long Bay, Yen Tu Mountain, Tuan Chau Resort and Mong Cai town.

The carnival, to run from April 26 to May 1, has a twin goal -- popularizing the natural and cultural values of Quang Ninh, and promoting its attractions to pull in more domestic and foreign investors.

By Ngoc Ha

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