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Tourists invited to explore unique ethnic culture in Y Ty

Lao Cai, September 2 (VNA) – An autumn festival opened in Y Ty commune, Bat Xat district, the northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai, on September 1, inviting visitors to explore unique and pristine cultural identities of local ethnics. 

The two-day festival, part of the National Tourism Year 2017 themed “Colours of the Northwest”, features various activities demonstrating the special culture of ethnics in Bat Xat. 

Visitors to the event can learn more about “trinh tuong” (earthen) houses of the Ha Nhi ethnic group and daily activities of northwestern people such as weaving and making “banh day” (a kind of glutinous rice cake) and liquor. 

Aside from folk games, songs and dances, tourists can also experience local farmers’ life, buy souvenirs and taste the mountainous cuisine at a market. 

Coming to Y Ty on these days, people have a chance to enjoy beauties of the The Pa terraced rice field valley – a national tourist attraction – and the primary forest. 

On September 1, a mountaineering contest was held with Mount Lao Than, 2,860 metres high, challenging climbers. 

Chairman of the Bat Xat district People’s Committee Hoang Dang Khoa said the festival aims to honour, conserve and promote local tangible and intangible cultural values, thus helping to strengthen tourism connectivity and encourage the creation of unique tourism products.