Quang Binh province to host cave festival

A cave festival will be celebrated in the central province of Quang Binh, the home of World Heritage site Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, from 15th to 21th of July, 2015.

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The opening ceremony of the festival will be held at Bao Ninh Sea Square with an artistic performance, entitled “Quang Binh – Kingdom of caves,” and accompanying fireworks on 17th of July 2015.

The highlight of the festival will be a programme entitled ‘Quang Binh spectacular Cave system discovery week,’ with many interesting activities such as the launch of new tourist destinations, promotions and tourist discounts and farm trips.

Within the framework of the festival, food and handicraft fairs will be held in Son Trach commune in Bo Trach district from 15th to 19th of July, and in Bao Ninh commune in Dong Hoi city from 15th to 21th of July.

Located in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park covers 85,754 hectares with a 195,400-hectare buffer zone. It is among the 238 most important ecological zones in the world.

The park won UNESCO heritage recognition in 2003 thanks to its system of 300 different caves and grottos which date back some 400 million years.

With the length of 7.7 kilometres, Phong Nha cave system is said to have the longest water cave in the world and the most beautiful grottos.

Meanwhile, Son Doong, which was first explored in 2009, is considered the largest cave in the world.

The cave festival in July is part of efforts to promote local culture, tourism and the uniqueness of the caves to attract both international and domestic investors and tourists./.

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