The central coastal city of Da Nang has designed a wide range of tours to serve 10,000 delegates to the APEC Summit 2017 set to transpire on November 6-11.
Da Nang attractions
The tourism sector is a vital component of Da Nang’s economy. Its status as a transportation hub for Central Vietnam and its proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Imperial City of Hue, the Old Town of Hoi An, and the My Son ruins fuels much of its tourist activity.
Mỹ Sơn is an archaeological site dating back more than a thousand years, in Quang Nam. Located in a remote forested valley some 70 km west of Da Nang, this former capital and religious center of the Champa kingdom once contained in excess of 70 style temples and stupas. Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the 1960s, the site still has more than 20 structures and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Many statues, sculptures and reliefs recovered from Mỹ Sơn are kept in the Museum of Cham Sculpture, near the Hàn River in the heart of Da Nang. Dating from the fourth to the 14th centuries, the sensual artwork on these works depicts daily activities as well as Hindu and Buddhist religious themes.
The Marble Mountains are rocky limestone outcrops jutting out of the beach just south of Da Nang. Paths lead to the top of the forested cliffs, affording spectacular views of Non Nuoc Beach and the South China Sea. The caves nestled in the cliffs were originally inhabited by the Cham people. Later, the Nguyen Dynasty built numerous pagodas among the caves. The Marble Mountains are home to various artisans producing sculpture and artwork at its base at Non Nuoc Village. Non Nuoc Beach is a white sandy beach on the outskirts of Đà Nẵng is renowned for both its spectacular beauty and for its history as an R&R destination for American troops during the Vietnam War. Today, the beach, along with My Khê beach to the north, are home to expensive resorts, surfing and entertainment facilities. Ba Na Hills is a mountain resort with a 5 km-long cable car system which carries guests up to Ba Na’s peak at 1487m above sea level. Son Tra Mountain, just some miles away from downtown with some wild streams and resorts along the seaside.
Special tours for APEC delegates
Da Nang has attached importance to sideline activities including six tours to serve APEC delegates, reporters and guests attending the APEC Summit. Pictured is Ngu Hanh Son tourist site which is linked to other destinations such as Museum of Cham Sculpture, Son Tra peninsula, and the ancient town of Hoi An.
Other tours include Ba Na Hills, Da Nang-Imperial City of Hue, Than Tai Mountain hot spring, and Han River Cruise. Deputy Director of the provincial tourism department Tran Chi Cuong said the department is waiting for the approval of APEC 2017 National Committee.
About 13,000 hotel rooms are available at seaside resorts and hotels in Da Nang for APEC delegations. The provincial tourism department has recently provided training on hotel reception and culinary arts for chefs and hotel staff during the APEC Summit.
The APEC Finance Ministers Meeting will take place in Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam on October 19-21. Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has designed several tours to serve APEC delegates. A highlight of the tours is that delegates will wear Ao Dai (traditional long dress) costume to visit the ancient town of Hoi An.
Seven groups of tours have been submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the APEC 2017 National Committee for approval including tours of Hoi An Heritage Site, My Son relics site, traditional craft village, boat cruise, Cham Islands (Cu Lao Cham), mountainous areas and the southern region of Quang Nam.
Quang Nam province pays special attention to sea and island tourism with a focus on traditional customs and fishermen lives. The UNESCO-recognised Cu Lao Cham Biosphere Reserve is identified as the major destination during the APEC Summit.
Earlier, Hue city organized the APEC High-Level Policy Dialogue on Women and the Economy. Thua Thien Hue province’s department of tourism has co-ordinated with travel companies to design half-day tours for delegates to visit local tourist attractions such as Tam Giang Lagoon and the ancient village of Phuoc Tich.
Hue songs will be performed on boat tours on Huong (Perfumed) River, which will provide APEC delegates with new experiences.
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