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Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival underway in Son La

Released at: 18:53, 16/12/2017

Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival underway in Son La

Photo: Could "sea" in "dinosaur backbone”. Photo: Vietnamnet.vn

Festival taking place on December 16 and 17 amid the famed cloudy mountains of Ta Xua commune in northern Son La province.

by Le Diem

A Culture, Sports and Tourism Festival combined with a trade fair is being held on December 16 and 17 at Ta Xua commune, Bac Yen district, in the northern province of Son La, providing a chance for the commune in particular and the district in general to promote tourism and local products.

Highlights of the event are culture and sports activities such as a contest on grinding “banh giay”, a traditional Vietnamese cake popular in mountainous areas, traditional games among eight teams from eight communes, a local wine making competition, and a cooking contest introducing local cuisine.

There will also be a ceremony announcing the National Office of Intellectual Property’s recognition of the Ta Xua tea brand, a specialty of the area made from 70-year-old tea trees.

A documentary film will be also screened to introduce the most beautiful destinations in the area, like “dinosaur backbone”, Ta Xua cloud, Song Da Lake, and A Phu Cave, among others.

Ta Xua is nestled in a range of mountains and around 240 km from Hanoi. The highest mountain nearby is the tenth-highest in Vietnam, at a height of 2,865 meters above sea level. Its three main mountain tops form a line that looks like the rough back of a dinosaur, hence its name “dinosaur backbone”.

Trekking here used to be a real challenge but it has become much easier and more accessible recently thanks to the construction of new routes leading quite close to one of the mountain tops.

Ta Xua is known for a special phenomenon around its mountains: the formation of thick clouds, making travelers feel like they are standing in heaven on earth. While some people ride motorbikes, most visitors choose to walk, in order to enjoy a journey of “cloud hunting”. The area’s fluffy clouds are best “hunted” at dawn.

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