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Almost 375,000 tourists visit Ha Noi during Tet holidays

The number of international tourists to the capital city of Ha Noi are estimated to rise by 30 per cent to 125,000 people during the week-long T?t (Vietnamese New Year) festival, according to the municipal Department of Tourism.

Most of the foreign visitors came from China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The figure brought the total number of visitors to the city during the T?t holidays from February 14-20 to nearly 375,000, an increase of 13 per cent from the same period last year. The figure included 250,000 domestic travellers, up 6 per cent year on year.

The local tourism industry estimated to earn more than VND1.28 trillion (US$56.5 million) during the biggest holiday of the year, up 19 per cent year on year.

Most visitors flocked to the city’s popular attractions, like Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Huong Son landscape complex (also known as the Huong Pagoda), Ngoc Son Temple in the heart of Hoan Kiem Lake, V?n Mi?u (the Temple of Literature) and Qu?c T? Gi?m (the first university in Vi?t Nam) and the Vietnam National Villages for Ethnic Culture and Tourism, which host a series of art performances and cultural activities to celebrate the traditional New Year.

Most notable is the annual Spring Calligraphy Festival which is underway at Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam from February 9-25. About 63 calligraphers sit in bamboo tents, wearing ao dai (long robes), and perform the writing, following the traditions of the past.

Most of four- and five-star hotels in Ha Noi have cheered the Lunar New Year festival with a number of special celebration events held for their guests. For example, the Sofitel Legend Metropole’s T?t Market, also known as “Tet Ha Th?nh”, which recreated a bustling Hanoian market where visitors can enjoy a range of T?t holiday foods. Other hotels, like Pan Pacific and Apricot, hosted count-down and New Year’s Eve parties for their stayers.

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