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Hanoi to host street carnival this weekend

Released at: 14:13, 27/07/2018

Hanoi to host street carnival this weekend

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Carnival in celebration of tenth anniversary of Hanoi expanding its boundaries in 2008.

by Le Diem

A street carnival will take place around Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake on Sunday July 29.

“The Quintessence of Hanoi - Confluence and Shine” carnival is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Hanoi expanding its boundaries and is being held by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Center for the Preservation and Development of Vietnamese Stage Arts.

From 8am to 11am, more than 5,000 people will parade around Hoan Kiem Lake, passing by Ly Thai To Square, Ba Kieu Temple, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, the Ba Trieu - Hang Khay intersection, and the Hang Bai - Trang Tien intersection.

The parade will comprise thousands of artisans, folk performance artists, elderly people, and students in the city and feature interesting performances of traditional dance and costumes.

An “ao dai” (traditional Vietnamese dress) performance will showcase new collections by popular designers in the capital. Parades also will feature “non la” (conical hat) shows, traditional dance like dragon dance and silk dance from Van Phuc silk village, and a conical hat dance, while sporting activities like wushu, karatedo, taekwondo, aerobics, and juggling will also be held.

The event also aims to honor the city’s heritage and cultural values to attract more tourists and promote local culture and tourism.

All of former Ha Tay province and parts of Hoa Binh and Vinh Phuc provinces were merged into Hanoi in 2008, increasing its size to more than 3,300 sq km with 29 districts.

The capital has maintained high annual economic growth rate since the expansion. Annual gross regional domestic product (GRDP) has grown by an average of 7.41 per cent each year. Many indicators have doubled or even tripled, such as farmers’ per capita income, up 2.92 times, and budget collections 2.93 times, according to the Hanoi Department of Planning and Investment.

The city welcomed 4.95 million overnight visitors in 2017, about 2.8 times higher than in 2008. Hanoi was also listed among the world’s Top 10 fastest-growing tourism cities in 2017 by Mastercard Global Services.

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