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Mekong Delta’s first paragliding contest attracts thousands

Tuesday, December 01, 2020, 14:42 GMT+7
Mekong Delta’s first paragliding contest attracts thousands
A paragliders depart from Phung Hoang Son (Phoenix Mountains) at the height of 320m during a contest at Tri Ton District in the southern province of An Giang on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

Thousands flocked to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang last weekend to watch paragliding performances at a contest held for the first time in the region.

Titled 'Bay Tren Phung Hoang Son' (Flying on the Phoenix Mountains), the event, organized by the People's Committee of Tri Ton District in collaboration with the Hanoi AirSport Association, gathered 90 pilots from clubs around the country.

A pilot participates in a paragliding contest at Tri Ton District in the southern province of An Giang on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

A pilot participates in a paragliding contest in Tri Ton District, An Giang Province on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

In the contest, the participants competed in a flight from the height of 320m on Phung Hoang Son before landing on a bull race field in Tri Ton District to find the three best players, honored for reaching the highest altitude, having the best landing, and operating the longest flight time.

A paragliding pilot lands on a bull race field in Tri Ton District, An Giang Province on November 28, 2020. Video: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

The event’s organizers also held a bull race to promote the Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) bull race, a traditional cultural festival of the Khmer people in An Giang.

Bulls are seen at a race to promote the Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) bull race, a traditional cultural game of the Khmer people in An Giang, during a paragliding contest at Tri Ton District in the southern province of An Giang on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

Bulls are seen at a race to promote the Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) bull race, a traditional cultural game of the Khmer people in An Giang Province, during a paragliding contest in Tri Ton District on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

Tran Minh Giang, deputy chairman of Tri Ton District, said paragliding is a new sport but suitable for the district’s natural conditions and topography.

“We plan to effectively exploit the potential and advantages to diversify tourism products in accordance with local strengths and tourism demands,” Giang affirmed, adding that the locality will “step by step make tourism an important driving force of the district.”

Nguyen Huu Nam, 69, one of the oldest members of the Hanoi AirSport Association, agreed that the topography and landscape there are so attractive to paragliders.

“The terrain and landscape here will be a perfect flight point,” Nam told Tuoi Tre (Youth)newspaper.

“It would be great if we can develop paragliding combined with local tourism because this place has already been a famous destination. Paragliding will help add more tourists then."

The first contestant lands on a bull race field in Tri Ton District in the southern province of An Giang on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

The first contestant lands on a bull race field in Tri Ton District, An Giang Province on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

People gather to watch the Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) bull race and the paragliding contest at Tri Ton District in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

People gather to watch the Bay Nui (Seven Mountains) bull race and the paragliding contest in Tri Ton District, An Giang Province on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

Cao Quang Liem (left), Tri Ton Party Secretary, hands a souvenir painting for Nguyen Huu Nam, the oldest pilot participating in a paragliding contest at Tri Ton District in the southern province of An Giang on November  28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

Cao Quang Liem (left), secretary of the Tri Ton Party Committee, hands a souvenir painting to Nguyen Huu Nam, the oldest pilot participating in a paragliding contest in the district in An Giang Province on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Tri Ton District give gifts to pilots participating in a paragliding contest at Tri Ton District in the southern province of An Giang on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau/ Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Tri Ton District give gifts to pilots participating in a paragliding contest in the district in An Giang Province on November 28, 2020. Photo: Buu Dau / Tuoi Tre

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