World heritage site hosts tourism week
Updated : Tuesday, June 12, 2018 4:30 PM (GMT+0700)

Riperice season at Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site inside the Trang An LandscapeComplex in northern Ninh Binh province is a highlight of the ongoing Ninh BinhTourism Week.

Golden ripe paddy field from Hang Mua peak - Source: VNA

Themed “Yellow Rice Seasonin Tam Coc-Trang An”, the week will be packed with various activities, such asbusiness fairs, weaving of traditional lace, traditional cuisine fairs, folkmusic and water puppetry shows. The Tourism Week will conclude on June 16.

Located inside the Trang AnLandscape Complex, which was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June23, 2014, the Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism site has one of the most scenic ricefields in Vietnam, with a romantic waterway and karst mountains. The site hostsvarious tourism forms, including eco-tourism, spiritual tourism as well asculture and community-based tourism.

June is an impressive monthat the site, with carpets of yellow rice fields stretched along the banks ofNgo Dong river, zigzagging its way through karst mountains and caves. Besidesaesthetics and geological value, Tam Coc-Bich Dong has a lot of cultural valuestoo. It guards the history of the Hoa Lu ancient imperial capital, which waschosen by various kings during the Dinh, early Le and beginning of Ly reignsbetween 968-1009 as well as by primitive humans thousands of years ago.

The Tourism Week is thefirst activity of its kind in the framework of a programme celebrating the1,050th anniversary of Dai Co Viet (Great Viet), the first centralisedfeudal state in Vietnam. It also provides a platform to showcase the province’stourism products. 

The Trang An LandscapeComplex was recognised by UNESCO as the world’s mixed cultural and naturalheritage, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

In UNESCO's words,"Trang An is a resplendent complex of limestone karst peaks which arepermeated with valleys, including submerged ones, and surrounded by steep,almost vertical cliffs", nestling on the southern shore of the Red RiverDelta.

Archaeological traces ofhuman activity dating back thousands of years have been found within thecomplex.

The 12,250-hectare complexboasts several nationally recognised sites like the Trang An ecotourism siteand Hoa Lu, Vietnam's capital in the 10th and 11th centuries. The area also hasmany temples, pagodas, paddy fields, villages and other sacred sites.

It is home to about 500flora species, 73 species of birds and 41 species of other animals and has adiverse ecosystem.


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