Weaving wonders: An elderly Mong woman works a traditional wooden loom. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh Cultural attractions The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recognised 15 national-level landscapes and relics in Ha Giang, which it is actively promoting. They include the Lung Cu National Flag Tower, marking the northernmost point of the country and the border with China; Vuong’s Palace, home to the Mong kings of old; the ancient street in Dong Van District; Ma Pi Leng, famous for its imposing landscape and Nui Doi or Twin Mountains, which are said to resemble a woman’s breasts. Last year, the province attracted 301,334 tourists (including 48,030 foreign visitors), an increase of 20.6 per cent over 2009. It has a total 103 hotels and guest houses. Ethnic Mong in the northern province of Ha Giang have formed themselves into a co-operative to promote their traditional brocade across the country and abroad, while attracting more tourists to the region. Trung Hieu takes a closer look at their handiwork. Passing along the winding mountainous roads that sweep through valleys engulfed in vaporous clouds of mist, we arrive in Lung Tam, a commune of Mong ethnic people in Quan Ba District in the…
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