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Ha Giang HMong Festival

posted Jul 7, 2016, 7:23 PM by Michael Nguyen   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 7:23 PM ]

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The second National Mong Festival will be held in Dong Van District in the mountainous northern Ha Giang Province.

The festival will include Mong traditional, cultural and sports activities. There will be a costume show, folk singing, and a cooking contest, where Mong culinary specialties will be introduced.

The Mong festival aims to introduce the traditional values and culture of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups of the mountainous areas to tourists, contributing to the preservation of their unique culture.

At the festival’s opening ceremony, an announcement will be made about the cultural heritage of the Mong being recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage.

The second National Mong Festival will be held in October. It will coincide with the Tam Giac Mach Flower Festival in Ha Giang Province.

A Khen (panpipe) Mong event will be a highlight of the Festival. This is an annual venue for panpipe artists in Dong Van Karst Plateau to meet, exchange, and present great performances to the audience. Vietnam+

Dong Van Stone Plateau Destination

posted Jul 7, 2016, 7:19 PM by Michael Nguyen   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 7:20 PM ]

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Building and developing Dong Van stone plateau into a national and international tourism destination lied at the heart of a workshop held in northern Ha Giang province on November 2.

Spreading over the four mountainous districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac and Dong Van in the north of Ha Giang, the plateau is blessed with beautiful nature and cultural diversity from ethnic minority groups.

The plateau was recognised as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks in 2010, becoming Vietnam’s first geological park and the second in Southeast Asia .

It is 80 percent limestone and contains the fossils of thousands of prehistoric species from 400-600 million years ago.

Secretary of the provincial People’s Committee Trieu Tai Vinh said authorities are mobilising all resources to implement a master plan developing the plateau geo-park in 2012-2020 and with a vision towards 2030.

Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Dinh Toan suggested Ha Giang effectively coordinate with ministries and departments to build a complete and appropriate strategy to improve the living standards of ethnic minority people and preserve the natural, cultural heritage values of the park. Vietnam+

Ha Giang Terraced Paddy Fields honored

posted Jul 7, 2016, 7:14 PM by Michael Nguyen   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 7:14 PM ]

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A cultural and tourism event honoring the values of Ha Giang terraced paddy fields and the culture of ethnic groups in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang will take place in Hoang Su Phi district from September 24-26.

According to Chairman of the Hoang Su Phi People’s Committee Then Ngoc Minh, this first event of its kind will feature the Quya Hieng festival of the Dao people in Ho Thau commune, a rite to worship the forest genie of the Dao ethnic group in Po Lo commune, and the Gau Tao festival of the Mong ethnic group in Ba Peo commune.

A ceremony to announce the Decision recognising the Quya Hieng festival as a national intangible cultural heritage will be arranged as part of the event.

Visitors to the festival will be offered a chance to survey the most beautiful 100-year-old terraced paddy fields in Vietnam across six communes: Ban Luoc, San Sa Ho, Ban Phung, Ho Thau, Nam Ty and Thong Nguyen.

They will also join traditional cultural and sporting activities of local ethnic groups while learning about their habits and customs.
Located in northern Vietnam at an altitude of 1,000-1,600 metres above sea level, Ha Giang boasts dramatic landscapes and rich biodiversity. It is also home to numerous medicinal plants.

Terraced rice fields in Hoang Su Phi are only some of the fascinating tourism attractions the province has to offer.

Ha Giang is home to 19 ethnic minority groups that are steeped in cultural traditions, such as the Khau Vai Love Market, the ethnic Dao “cap sac” (coming-of-age) ritual, ethnic Pa Then flame dancing, the ethnic Tay “Long Tong” (field work) festival and the ethnic Lo Lo prayers for rain. Vietnam+

Ha Giang Tam Giac Mach flower festival

posted Jul 7, 2016, 7:08 PM by Michael Nguyen   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 7:08 PM ]

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The first Tam Giac Mach Flower Festival will be organised in the northwest province of Ha Giang from November 13-15.

The festival will be held in the districts of Dong Van, Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Meo Vac. Its aim is to promote the special cultural feature of the Dong Van Highlands.

The festival will include many activities highlighting the history and origin of the Tam Giac Mach flower, the symbol of Ha Giang and the Dong Van Highlands.

A wine festival and photo exhibition will be held as part of the event.

Tam Giac Mach, or buckwheat, is a plant with clusters of small pinkish white flowers and small edible triangular seeds, which are used as a kind of food, creates striking sights when it is in blossom. The ​buckwheat flower fields attract many visitors to Ha Giang. Vietnam+

Du Gia National Park Ha Giang Establishment

posted Jul 7, 2016, 2:07 AM by Michael Nguyen   [ updated Jul 7, 2016, 2:17 AM ]

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The Prime Minister has decided to establish Du Gia National Park on the Dong Van karst plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang.

The 15,000 ha park, which is formed by merging the Du Gia nature reserve and Khau Ca Species and Habitat Conservation Area, spreads over three communes of Tung Ba (Vi Xuyen district), Minh Son (Bac Me district) and Du Gia (Yen Minh district).

The zoned area is to protect the local ever-green eco-system and rare and endangered animals and plants, while preserving protection forests in Gam River basin, contributing to stabilising agricultural and industrial production in the area.

Additionally, the park is expected to boost eco-tourism, raise locals’ awareness of environment protection and facilitate scientific research in the area.

The park has a 8,850ha buffer zone across six communes in districts of Yen Minh, Bac Me, Vi Xuyen and Quan Ba.

The PM has assigned the provincial People’s Committee to manage the park and design a development project for the park and its buffer zone. Vietnam+

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