A taste of ethnic culture at northern Vietnam festival

A taste of ethnic culture at northern Vietnam festival

The men from the Dao ethnic minority people in Mau Son area in a festival

The one-day festival was held in Lang Son Province, home to Tay, Dao and Nung ethnic minorities.

Lang Son’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held its Mau Son Summer Tourism Festival in Loc Binh District on July 9, attracting thousands of people and tourists, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Saturday.

Mau Son is a popular mountain in the province. Located some 30 km north-east of Lang Son City, the mountain boasts a pristine landscape, pure air and cool weather all year round. Tourists often flock to the mountain to enjoy its beautiful streams and waterfalls as well as experience snow in winter, which is rare in Vietnam.
The area is well-known for its specialties, such as peaches, Tuyet Son tea, wine and rare cockerels with six spurs. The Tay, Dao and Nung ethnic minorities live there.

The men from the Dao ethnic minority people in Mau Son area in a festival. Photo by VnExpress/Hong Van

Men from the Dao ethnic group perform at the festival

During the event, visitors took part in a food festival with traditional Dao dishes, an art exhibition held in the old French villas and many other cultural and sporting activities such as lion dancing, folk singing, a cycling race and mountain climbing, according to Be Thi Thu Hien, deputy director of Lang Son’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
During French colonial times, Mau Son was a popular attraction for the French upper class in Vietnam. The rulers also set up a military station there in the 20th century to protect the border.

Source: Vnexpress

57 new caves discovered in Quang Binh

Quang Binh People’s Committee on June 22 announced that up to 57 new caves had been found in the locality over the past month.

A 13-person team, including members of the British Cave Research Association, forest rangers of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and experts from Vietnam National University, Hanoi took part in the exploration.

One among the 57 newly-detected caves in Quang Binh

According to Howard Limbert from the British Cave Research Association, the caves are located in 14 different areas in Quang Binh Province, with the majority in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. “The team had to spend eight days in forests with very a harsh weather condition to find the caves,” he said.

Among the new caves, the largest is Hoa Huong which is named after a local couple’s name who helped to discover it. Hoa Huong measures some 2,876 metres long and is around 5 million years old, the oldest among caves found in Quang Binh so far.

Limbert said that previously Hoa Huong cave was situated below a big lake, but now, the lake has become dried and the water may only return during the rainy season. This is also the first cave detected under the water in Quang Binh.

Since 1990, Libert and experts from the British Cave Research Association has conducted several explorations in Quang Binh Province. To date, they have discovered 311 caves, including many becoming famous tourist sites such as Soon Dong and Hang Va and Nuoc Nut.

Libert said that his team will continue their explorations in Quang Binh in early 2017.

Source: Phongnhacave

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