The first-ever Peach Flower Festival is being organized from February 10 to March 15 at Chi Lang Park in Lang Son city, northern Lang Son province.

With the theme “Colors of Lang Son Peach Blossoms”, the festival aims to promote Lang Son as the land of peaches, turning them into a symbol of the province and bolstering local tourism. Peach trees are present in nearly every northern home during Tet, as a symbol of spring, luck, peace, and happiness.

The highlight of the event is the display of over 200 beautiful peach trees in full bloom. An exhibition will provide basic information on the different types of peach trees found in Lang Son and how to plant and take care of them, while another will feature Tet pictures, paintings, and calligraphy and typical local musical instruments, embroidery, and other items.

Artistic performances include then and sli singing (folk songs from local ethnic Nung people), lion dances, and folk games.

There will also be a booth introducing popular landscapes and cultural heritage sites in the province.

About 150 km north of Hanoi, Lang Son is one of the most important commercial and trade areas of the north, as it borders China. Some 80 per cent of its area is covered by mountains and hills, providing stunning natural landscapes such as the Mau Son Tourist Area, which is endowed with 80 mountains of varied sizes and magnificent spots formed by streams, a biodiversity area, more than 1,500 ha of primeval forest that are home to precious flora and fauna, Tam Thanh Grotto, with an eight meter-high entrance within a pagoda and with a statue of Buddha inside, and Nhi Thanh Cave, near Tam Thanh Grotto, a 500-meter-deep natural stone cave with colorful stalagmites.

The province is also proud of its many culture and historical vestiges, such as the Rampart of the Mac Dynasty (1527-1592), Doan Citadel, the Chi Lang Complex, and Ky Cung and Bac Le Temples. The Chi Lang Complex is a 20-km long citadel in a narrow valley and associated with a great victory against invaders from the north during the Later Le Dynasty (1427-1789) and considered the strongest citadel at the time.

Ky Lua Market is also popular among shoppers.