Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province

A large number of visitors flocked to Ha Long City in the northern province of Quang Ninh to welcome New Year and enjoy the city’s famous Winter Carnival.

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Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
The event features over 1,000 artists and dancers wearing a range of colourful costumes, according to VOV. Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
The carnival parade features six performance sections, expressing the theme of “Ha Long – the aspiration of flying dragons,” during which performers in winter festival costumes showed off their Ha Long samba dance moves. Photo: VOV
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Photo: VNA
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
Organised by the Tuan Chau Group, the carnival aims to offer visitors a new experience in Ha Long and help diversify tourism products in the province during the off-peak season. Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
One of the event’s highlights was an open stage with the World Natural Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay in the background where more than 100 cruise ships parading back and forth. In addition, the audiences were also thrilled by performances of helicopters, seaplanes and paragliders in the sky overhead. Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of performances which unveil the typical cultural and tourism attractions of the northeastern province. Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
In addition, guests can sample some of the areas delicious cuisine whilst discovering interesting local tourism products whilst attending the carnival. Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
Total visitors to Quang Ninh, a tourism magnet in Vietnam, this year are estimated at 8.8 million, down 37 per cent from 2019. Of these, some 536,000 were foreigners, a year-on-year decline of 90.7 per cent, said Vietnam News Agency. Photo: VOV
Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
The province is looking to attract about 10 million visitors in 2021, according to the provincial Tourism Department. Photo: VOV

Nguyen Ngoc Son, Vice Chairman of Ha Long City said that “We plan to hold more such cultural events during winter to attract visitors. The Ha Long Winter Carnival will become an annual event.”

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A bustling vibe overwhelms the carnival. Photo: VNA

“I’m so excited. I’m so proud of my homeland, which has been hosting many extravagant events,” Tran Thi Thuy Linh, a Ha Long resident was quoted by VOV as saying.

Winter carnival excites crowds in Quang Ninh province
The winter carnival attracts an influx of tourists. Photo: VOV
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Performers take to the street during the carnival parade. Photo: VNA