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300 Ban (Bauhinia) flower trees introduced to Hanoians
Tuyet Nhung 11:20, 2019/04/07
The first ever Ban (Bauhinia) Flower Festival officially opened in Hanoi on April 6.
300 Ban (Bauhinia) flower trees are being shown to domestic and foreign visitors during the first Ban (Bauhinia) Flower Festival in Hanoi, which is running from April 6 to 14.
 
The first ever Ban (Bauhinia) Flower Festival opened in Hanoi on April 6. Photo: VNA
The first ever Ban (Bauhinia) Flower Festival opened in Hanoi on April 6. Photo: VNA
The event aims to raise funds for the construction of a suspension bridge for children to go to school as well as improve the clean water in northern mountainous provinces in the country.
Besides 300 Ban flower trees, the festival features nearly 200 pavilions promoting traditional products and specialties from the northwestern region.
The event is expected to preserve national cultural heritages and enhance the great unity block, as well as promote tourism potential, contributing to socio-economic development of the northwestern provinces.
Firstly held in 2014 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu’s victory, the Ban Flower Festival has become an annual event of Dien Bien province. It is meant to preserve and promote the cultural values of Dien Bien’s ethnic minorities and promote this mountainous province through the Ban tree, which is a symbol of the northwest region of Vietnam.
The festival is slated to be inaugurated in the province on March 14, one day after the commemoration of the opening day of the epic Dien Bien Phu Battle on March 13, 1954.
In 2018, the total number of visitors to Hanoi hit 26.04 million, up 9.3% from 2017. Of the total, there were 5.74 million foreigners, a rise of 16% year-on-year. Tourism revenue was calculated to exceed VND75.8 trillion (US$3.26 billion), an annual increase of 11.7%.
In 2019, Hanoi aims to welcome nearly 28.6 million tourists, including 6.7 million foreigners.
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