Tue, 04 Nov 2014. Last updated Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:24
The art performance Preserving Green Halong Bay was a highlight in a series of activities to celebrate the 20th Halong Bay UNESCO Recognition Anniversary. The participants in the program included Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan - Member of the Political Bureau and President of Vietnamese Fatherland Front Central Committee; Ms. Vu Thi Thu Thuy - Vice Chairman of Quang Ninh People Committee; Ms. Katherine Muller Marin - UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam; other leaders and representatives of the ministries, departments and central agencies; and majority of domestic citizens and international friends.
The celebration took place in a solemn and impressive ceremony with 2 different parts. The first part called "Halong Bay Legend" introducing about history of Halong’s formation and legendary stories about Halong Bay with impressive dragon dances. The second part was held with a subject "Preserving Green Halong Bay" to introduce outstanding universal values of Halong Bay, one of World Heritages in Vietnam. The program was meticulously staged with the attendance of approximately 350 professional actors, actresses, singers, and artists. The performance was impressively held with diverse, lively, and creative content leaving good impressions for audiences.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ms. Vu Thi Thu Thuy said that: "20 years is not a long time but it is enough for us to review and evaluate the heritage's conservation and promotion objectively and comprehensively. Besides the absolute conservation of the heritage site, tourism attractions in Halong Bay have new appearance with many special tourism products attracting visitors”. In next years, Quang Ninh Province will continue promote international cooperation in order to call support from residents and organizations to make joint action to preserve and develop the heritage's values; enhance investment resources for conservation and protecting the ecological environment; and promote propaganda activities to make Halong Bay become leading tourists center in Vietnam and the world.
Sharing the pride and joy of Quang Ninh citizens in particular and people in Vietnam in general, Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan stated that Quang Ninh Province made continuous efforts and creations to protect and promote the precious values of Halong Bay and made the Bay become one of attractive destinations for both local and foreign tourists. Taking part in the celebration, Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin also expressed congratulations and welcomed achievements in the conservation and promotion of heritage values of Halong Bay.
On this occasion, Quang Ninh Province officially launched a program named "Halong Smile" with a message smiles coming from heart. Accordingly, each Quang Ninh citizen always gives a big and sincerely smiles to welcome international friends visiting the city. This program aims to make Quang Ninh become a hospitable and gracious destination.