The Hanoitimes - A cultural – tourism space, displaying products of the ethnic groups in Ha Giang province, opened at the 26/3 Square of Ha Giang city, on May 12.
The cultural – tourism space is a part of the activities under the framework of the sixth National Festival of traditional ‘Then’ singing and the ‘dan tinh’ (gourd lute) of the Tay, Nung and Thai ethnic minority groups 2018, according to Nguyen Hong Hai, Director of the Ha Giang provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.
The cultural – tourism space will be held from May 12 to 14, with the participation of 11 districts, cities and the Ha Giang provincial Tourism Association. Many typical local products and the specific features of Ha Giang, such as mint honey, ancient tea, medicinal herbs, brocade products, and linen of the Mong ethnic group, are on display during the event.
Ha Giang province.
In addition, various tourism programmes on the images of the people and cultural heritage characteristics of Ha Giang are also being introduced at the event. The event aims to attract investment and expand the markets of the agricultural and pharmaceutical products of Ha Giang to provinces and cities across the country.
Ha Giang province draws tourists with its endless terraced rice fields, buckwheat flower fields and grandiose mountain landscapes. One of the most beautiful sites in the province is the Dong Van Karst Global Geopark, designated by UNESCO as one of 77 sites with important geological and cultural value. The geopark is littered with ethereal karst formations that are nearly 400 million years old.
In the first quarter of 2018, Ha Giang province welcomed 270,000 tourists, including 60,000 foreign tourists. Total revenue from tourism was more than VND226 billion (US$9.9 million), an increase of 17% year-on-year, according to Ha Giang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
By 2020, Ha Giang targets having tourism as one of its key economic sectors. In recent years, the province has created favourable conditions to attract investment, and has reformed administrative procedures in the tourism sector.