Over 110 pilots join paragliding festival in Yen Bai

Sunday, 2017-09-24 07:06:31
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The paragliding festival in Yen Bai
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NDO – A paragliding festival kicked off on September 23 at Mu Cang Chai district’s Khau Pha mountain pass, Yen Bai province, attracting the participation of 111 domestic and foreign pilots.

The event is the biggest annual paragliding event in Vietnam, attracting thousands of people to Khau Pha pass which is one of the longest mountain passes in Vietnam at more than 1,200 metres above sea level.

With the theme “flying over ripening rice fields”, the festival is a highlight of the Muong Lo Culture Tourism Week, in Nghia Lo town of Yen Bai province.

During the two-day festival, many activities were held, including paragliding performance, paragliding contests and training for visitors who wished to participate in the paragliding activities.

The festival aimed to honour the beauty of local terraced fields as well as encourage the protection of natural landscape. The festival also sought to highlight the hard work of local people over the centuries to create the fields.

According to Vu Tien Duc, Chairman of Mu Cang Chai district People’s Committee, the festival contributed greatly to promoting the images of Vietnam’s terraced fields and the specialties of the district.

Earlier, Ia paragliding festival was also held in Khau Pha in May, with 100 paragliders participating in the event as part of the Yen Bai Tourism Year in response to the 2017 National Tourism Year.