Vietnam welcomes first foreign visitors of Lunar New Year

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Leaders of Quang Ninh Province and tourists join a group photo at the Tuan Chau International Passenger Port on the first day of the Lunar New Year 2020 on January 25, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Quang Tho)
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NDO – Various places across Vietnam welcomed the first foreign visitors of the traditional Lunar New Year on January 25 - the first day of the Lunar New Year 2020.

The northeastern province of Quang Ninh welcomed its first tourist arrivals of the lunar new year through Tuan Chau International Passenger Port and Van Don International Airport.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Xuan Ky presented flowers and lucky gifts to the first guests to arrive and wished them good health, happiness and success.

On the first day of the Year of the Rat, four groups of nearly 60 holidaymakers from France, Japan and Taiwan (China) touched down on Tuan Chau international port.

A tourist from Taiwan said she was delighted to be warmly welcomed in Ha Long, adding that she wants her family to have enjoyable experience at the natural world heritage site.

Close to 10,000 visitors, mostly from Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Canada and France, are expected to visit Ha Long on January 25, the first day of the Lunar New Year.

On the same morning, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Cao Tuong Huy welcomed the first overseas visitors at Van Don international airport.

A leader from Quang Ninh (L) welcomes and give li xi (lucky money) to the first tourists to touch down on Van Don International Airport on the first day of the Lunar New Year 2020 on January 25, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Quang Tho)

All of the 120 passengers on the flight of the low-cost budget carrier Vietjet Air departing from Tan Son Nhat international airport (Ho Chi Minh City) to Van Don (Quang Ninh) received free tickets to visit Yen Tu relic site and Ha Long Bay.

* Also on Saturday, Lao Cai International Border Gate in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai performed a national flag salute ceremony at the beginning of the lunar new year while welcoming the first foreign guest.

Officials at the Lao Cai International Border Gate (L) welcome the first guest to enter Vietnam through the gate on the first day of the Lunar New Year 2020 on January 25, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Quoc Hong)

Under the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, from 7 am on January 25, the gage carried out medical declarations and checks for all passengers entering Vietnam from China.

* The central city of Da Nang welcomed the first 120 visitors of Lunar New Year on Vietnam Airlines’ flight from Ho Chi Minh City on the same morning.

Representatives of the national flag carrier and the city's Tourism Department gave lucky gifts to all of their passengers.

Da Nang City welcomes the first 120 visitors of the Lunar New Year 2020 on Vietnam Airlines’ flight from Ho Chi Minh City on January 25 morning. (Photo: NDO/Trang Ly)

According to the department, Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific operated 20 direct air routes with 250 flights per week connecting Da Nang and other destinations including 11 international sites.

In 2019, Vietnam Airlines operated 26,500 safe flights carrying more than four million passengers through Da Nang International Airport.