Update: 17:05 | 17/06/2019
Thousands of people flocked to the Mau Son national tourist site in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son on June 16 for a tourism festival.
The festival is one of the major activities of the local tourism sector in 2019, aiming to promote tourism potential and spur socio-economic-cultural development of Lang Son, said Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Be Thi Thu Hien in her opening remarks.
An art performance at the festival.
It is expected to help attract more domestic and foreign holiday-makers to the tourist site and promote local specialties like Mau Son peaches, wine, six-spurred cocks, lemon and honey.
Apart from special art performances staged by local ethnic minority groups, festival-goers could enjoy a mountainous market and art exhibitions at ancient villas, and take part in folk games during the festival.
The tourist site is located on the Mau Son mountain range, 30km to the east of Lang Son city. The mountain range comprises of 80 mountain peaks between 800-1,000 m high.
The area was once designated as a resort in 1935 by the French colonialists, who built many villas there. The area now attracts tourists, especially in winter when the temperature drops to under zero and there is some time snow and frost.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved the planning tasks regarding the development of the Mau Son national tourism site to 2040.
The overall target is to turn Mau Son into a resort and entertainment hub of the northern mountainous region, serving cultural, spiritual and ecological tourism, while contributing to maintaining security-defence through creating jobs for local people.