Quang Ninh develops tourism from indigenous culture

Ethnic minority localities of the province are exploiting the advantages of indigenous tourism to improve their livelihoods and increase people's income.
Dao people in Ky Thuong Commune (Ha Long City) participating in the community tourism model at Am Vap Farm.
Dao people in Ky Thuong Commune (Ha Long City) participating in the community tourism model at Am Vap Farm.

Binh Lieu District is completing preparations for the 2023 Binh Lieu Flower Festival, expected to take place in mid-December. Many unique activities bearing local impressions, such as art programmes, sports, folk games and culinary competitions, will be featured. This year's flower festival promises to attract a large number of tourists to visit and experience.

Associated with the symbol of a typical flower of the Binh Lieu mountainous region, the Flower Festival has been organised annually by Binh Lieu District since 2015. Hoang Ngoc Ngo, Vice Chairman of the District People's Committee, said: The festival contributes to honouring, promoting and introducing the natural beauty, culture and people here. Thereby, the event helps promote the development of local tourism, gradually affirming the unique mark and strengths of Binh Lieu tourism.

Binh Lieu District also organised many other tourism activities based on the strengths of indigenous culture, which are the beautiful natural landscape and typical cultural features of ethnic minorities, such as Luc Na Communal House Festival, Soong Co Festival, Golden Season Festival and the Cultural and Sports Festival of Ethnic Minorities. The highlights of these festivals are folk song performances, folk games, rituals of ethnic minorities, costume colours and typical agricultural products.

Other localities such as Mong Cai, Ba Che, Van Don, and Tien Yen also actively exploit potential resources from the cultural identity of ethnic minorities to develop tourism.

Ba Che District is focusing on developing festivals associated with the communal house and pagoda system, such as the Ban Vuong Festival, Ong Temple - Ba Temple Festival and Lang Da communal house festival.

During the festivals, visitors can experience ritual ceremonies, fire dancing, brocade embroidery, pao dung singing, a five-colour sticky rice cooking contest and activities imbued with the identities of the Dao, Tay, and San Chay ethnic groups in Ba Che. In recent years, festivals have not only met people's spiritual needs but also developed tourism, attracting tourists from inside and outside the province.

Tien Yen District has a traditional boat racing festival in Dong Rui Commune, the Dong Dinh communal house festival, the Cultural and sports festival of the Dao, San Chi, Tay and San Diu ethnic groups and Ha Lau Market. Ha Long City has the Bang Ca village festival, and Mong Cai City has a Culture - Sports - Tourism Festival of ethnic groups, associated with Po Hen Market (Hai Son Commune).

Quang Ninh currently has 42 ethnic minorities, with more than 162,000 people. Recently, the province has made many decisions to promote socio-economic development in this area, in which tourism associated with the traditional culture of ethnic minorities is considered an important solution.

Besides restoring, maintaining and promoting traditional festivals, localities also actively develop folk cultural activities clubs, preserve and promote intangible culture and build a traditional cultural model of ethnic minorities.

The province is focusing on investing in four ethnic minority villages: Tay ethnic village in Ban Cau, Luc Hon Commune (Binh Lieu District), San Chi ethnic village in Luc Ngu Village, Huc Dong Commune (Binh Lieu District), Dao Thanh Y ethnic village, Hai Son Commune (Mong Cai City) and San Diu ethnic village, Binh Dan Commune (Van Don District), to develop tourism associated with ethnic minority culture.