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100 paragliders participate in festival in northwestern Vietnam

Monday, September 26, 2022, 11:11 GMT+7
100 paragliders participate in festival in northwestern Vietnam
A paraglider flies over ripening rice fields down Khau Pha mountain pass in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam in this photo taken in September 2019. Photo: VIETWINGS/ Tuoi Tre

A paragliding festival kicked off at Mu Cang Chai District’s Khau Pha mountain pass of the northwestern Vietnamese province of Yen Bai on Sunday, drawing the participation of 100 domestic and foreign paragliders.

The Khau Pha Paragliding Festival, themed “Flying over ripening rice fields”, is part of the activities to receive the UNESCO recognition for the art of Xoe dance of Thai ethnic minority people as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the Muong Lo Culture - Tourism Week.

A paraglider flies over ripening rice fields down Khau Pha mountain pass in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam in this photo taken in September 2019. Photo: VIETWINGS/ Tuoi Tre
A paraglider flies over ripening rice fields down Khau Pha mountain pass in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam in this photo taken in September 2019. Photo: VIETWINGS/ Tuoi Tre

The festival is meant to promote images of Vietnam’s terraced fields and specialties of Mu Cang Chai.

It became an attractive tourism brand, helping attract more tourists to the district.

Ripening rice fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Ripening rice fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

It is also the biggest annual paragliding event of Vietnam, luring thousands of people to Khau Pha mountain pass, one of the longest mountain passes in the country at more than 1,200 meters above sea level.

Every May, another paragliding festival themed “Flying over rising water on terraced paddies” is also held in Khau Pha.

Ripening rice fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Ripening rice fields in Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

As many as 100 domestic and international paragliders are expected to participate in the festival starting this month until its conclusion at the end of October.

In addition, the organizers will arrange helicopter flights for visitors to admire the beautiful terraced fields in the ripe rice season.

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