Colorful and eventful Ha Long Carnival

VietNamNet Bridge – The splendid carnival with bustling street dances, impressive martial-art and circus performances and fabulous firework shows, drew dozens of thousands of tourists to Ha Long city in the evening of May 1.

The festival opened with a special music performance with the participation of famous singers from many countries.

The Ha Long Carnival 2011, was part of the Ha Long Tourism Festival, which took place from April 28 through May 2, in Ha Long city in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh.

This year’s Ha Long Carnival Festival was entitled “Ha Long Sparkling with Colors”. The festival was attended by 3,000 professional and amateur artists.

Many art troupes from China, the Philippines, South Korea, etc. also participated in the festival.

More than 100 decorated boats created a splendid scene in the harbour; there was a Samba dance staged by over 500 dancers; a laser, sound and water performance lasting up to 90 minutes; and a closing fireworks display.


Cultural events during the festival include a poetry-music show, a competition for MCs, culinary festival, tennis tournament, bonsai exhibition and a cock fight festival.

Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ha Quang Long said the carnival was even more important than usual with the vote for UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders looming in November.

Ha Long Bay, comprising some 1,600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars, was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, and is a famous tourist site in Vietnam.

The bay is second in the poll behind South Korea’s Jeju Island. In total, there are 28 finalists on the New Wonders list.

The provincial authorities invested more than VND138 billion (US$6.57 million) in preparations for the festival.

The Ha Long Tourism Festival organizing board expected to attract around 500,000 tourists during the festival, accounting for eight to ten per cent of the average annual visitors to the province.

The carnival in pictures:

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