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Gia Binh – potential tourist destination in Bac Ninh province

Gia Binh – potential tourist destination in Bac Ninh province

 Gia Binh district in the Red River Delta province of Bac Ninh has great potential to become a tourist destination given its beautiful natural scenery, rich cultural heritage and numerous traditional craft villages.

However, in order to “awake” the potential, a good investment policy for the tourism sector is needed. 

Rich cultural heritage

Gia Binh is home to 72 historical and cultural relic sites, 10 of which are at national level and 62 at provincial level. Some outstanding sites are the temple dedicated to Le Van Thinh – ranking first in the first imperial examination of the Ly Dynasty and later becoming a top mandarin -, Thien Thu pagoda, Bao Thap temple, and Dai Bi pagoda.

The relic sites are located across many villages, attracting thousands of visitors from all corners of the country.

Gia Binh administration has always paid attention to conserving and repairing historical and cultural relics. This year, the district has a plan to conduct maintenance of seven relic sites, which are Gia Phu temple (Binh Duong commune), Lap Ai temple (Song Giang commune), Cao Tho and Chinh Thuong  communal houses  (Van Ninh commune), Cuu Son communal house (Dong Cuu commune), and Cam Xa communal house and Ngu temple (Nhan Thang commune).

The district also boasts beautiful natural landscape with peaceful countryside scenery, which is suitable for rural tourism, eco-tourism and relaxation tourism. Some big corporations, such as the TH Group, is eyeing investment in tourism in Gia Binh.

Besides, Gia Binh hopes to capitalize on the local Ca tru singing heritage and its famous traditional craft villages, like the Dai Bai bronze casting village, Xuan Lai bamboo weaving village, Ngam Luong silkworm raising and silk weaving village, to name just a few. The district is working towards developing local traditional products to serve tourism.  

Future of Gia Binh tourism

Gia Binh administration has build a project on developing eco and spiritual tourism in 2020-2030 and called for investment under the project, which is hoped to contribute to preserving the local eco-environment, especially agricultural ecology in the context of fast urbanisation.

Under the project, the restructuring of local crop structure will be accelerated towards hi-tech and clean agriculture, serving as a basis to create more jobs and raise incomes for locals.

The project maps out a series of solutions in terms of planning, investment, promotion, development of different types of services, cultural heritage preservation, environmental protection, human resources training and State management capacity building.

In the immediate future, Gia Binh will focus on making and approving detailed plans for tourism sites and zones, building programmes for craft village development in connection with historical relic sites, conserving and renovating relics and developing some typical traditional festivals.

Nguyen Hong Phuc, head of the district’s Culture and Information Section, revealed that several potential investors have made surveys with the intention of making investment in tourism in the district. One of them is the TH Group with a plan named “Legendary River” which eyes clean and hi-tech agriculture linked with eco-tourism and spiritual tourism. This is an encouraging sign for Gia Binh’s tourism.

At the same time, the district is taking the initiative in undertaking strategic solutions so as to create a breakthrough development in tourism and fully tap local potential. It will accelerate work to early complete a cultural-eco-spiritual tourism complex beside the Duong River, publish revised versions of pamphlets on local cultural and historical sites, attract investment in the Nguyet Ban and Duong River tourism sites, and build a stop-over on National Highway 17 near Dai Bai bronze casting village and Xuan Lai bamboo weaving village to stimulate tourism in the area.

Gia Binh has an ambition of developing a waterway tourism route on the Duong River starting from Kinh Duong Vuong tomb to Cao Lo Vuong Temple, bringing visitors to sites along the river such as Xuan Lai bamboo weaving village, Dai Bai bronze casting village, Le Chi Vien Temple, Huyen Quang Temple, Le Van Thinh Temple and Thien Thai mountain. The route would also be connected with Bac Ninh province’s project on tourist boat development./.