Hoi An Ancient Town hosting festive week

Hoi An City – home to Hoi An Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Center – will organize a week of culture and tourism events on Mar. 21-28 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the city liberation (Mar. 28).

The Ancient Town, a favorite destination for international tourists, will take center stage during the festive week.

A foreign tourist tours Hoi An Ancient Town by cyclo (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

The events will include a meeting, a parade, shows of traditional songs, competitions of decoration, a march of flower-decorated carriages and a camping, according to organizers.

Also included in the week are a gala entitled “Melody of the Time”; a gathering of writers, artists and outstanding athletes; women-football, coastal volleyball and net-knitting competitions and a fishing village festival.

Hoi An, in the central province of Quang Nam, will switch its lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on March 27 to respond to the Earth Hour 2010 campaign.

Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.
Hoi An is 30 kilometers south of Danang City and stands on the banks of Thu Bon River, which made the town a trading port in the old days.

By Tuong Thuy

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