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Muong Lo tourism-culture week opens in Yen Bai

The 2019 Muong Lo Tourism-Culture Week and the Mu Cang Chai Terraced Field Festival kicked off on September 20 in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai, featuring a chain of exciting activities.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Do Duc Duy highlighted that Yen Bai is endowed with spectacular natural landscape with high mountains and rivers, along with a long-standing history and great cultural diversity.

The Muong Lo Tourism-Culture Week and the Mu Cang Chai Terraced Field Festival were held to highlight the beauty of local landscape and culture, inviting visitors to explore the unique values of the province.

This year’s festival started with a street parade staged by 600 performers from nine districts and towns and an art programme featuring 3D mapping technique.

A highlight of the event was a massive performance of Xoe dance involving 5,000 people of Yen Bai province.

Xoe is a unique type of traditional dance of ethnic Thai communities in the northern region of Vietnam. It depicts the daily lives of Thai people and shows their wish for a peaceful and prosperous life.

The dance has been recognised as national intangible cultural heritage and is seeking the honour of being part of the intangible heritage of humanity.

As part of the festival, the 6th paragliding festival themed “Flying over yellow fields” will offer visitors an opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the impressive terraced fields.

Mu Cang Chai district is home to 500 hectares of rice terraces in La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh communes, cultivated by the H'mong people for centuries. The local terraces are among the 2,500 hectares recognised as national heritage sites in 2007 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The event, which runs until September 26, will also include food and tourism exhibitions, aiming to promote the locality’s tourism development potential.