The picturesque scene of Binh Lieu district (Source: baoquangninh.com.vn)

The district, which is around 270 kilometres from Hanoi, is known for its fresh air, beautiful landscapes and various ethnic minority groups.

Binh Lieu, as it borders China, has a great number of border markers. They are situated on a mountain road that runs for 50 kilometres and is about 700m above sea level. The road is full of obstacles and difficult to access by vehicles other than motorbikes.

Binh Lieu district, in possession of a range of favorable conditions, has recently made great strides in improving tourism services. Under this district’s planning, tourism is considered among major solutions to its rapid and sustainable development.

As reported, Binh Lieu has currently witnessed the increase in tourism revenues which have already reached over VND 8.4 billion since the beginning of this year, equaling 87.68% of the year plan, up 33.38% year on year. The place called “Sapa in miniature” is estimated to welcome roughly 74,000 tourist arrivals at the end of October, the month considered the peak season of Binh Lieu tourism. Of which, the number of guests staying overnight reached nearly 11,500, up 16.4% over the same period last year.

Under the master plan for Binh Lieu’s tourism development to 2020 with a vision toward 2030, the district has focused on improving transport infrastructure, such as the border patrol road and the road to the boundary stone. All the roads from Binh Lieu townlet to every commune have been asphalted or concreted; 80% of trunk roads and inter-village ones have been upgraded, ensuring that cars are convenient to travel all year round.

Various types of accommodation are now available to tourists. 17 hotels, guest houses and homestays have already been legally allowed to operate. Nature-lovers are also able to make other choices, renting camping gear for example.

Other amazing services lure the participation of a huge number of travelers. They can rent motorbikes to visit a range of fascinating destinations including the ancient village, Khe Van waterfall, Cao Xiem peak, border markers numbered 1300, 1302, 1305 and 1327, and the famous “dinosaur’s spine”. Indigenous food is an indispensable experience for every tourist to a new place. The signature dishes of Binh Lieu include grilled chickens, grill fishes, bamboo shoots, seven-colored sticky rice, ‘cooc mo’ traditional cake, and vermicelli. Moreover, taking photos in traditional custome can be seen as a must-try experience.

For the long-term development, Binh Lieu has carried out robust measures to attract investors and offer them active support to develop eco-tourism, culture and leisure projects at advantageous locations such as Cao Ba Lanh Mountain, Song Mooc A and B waterfalls, speed up the implementation of the project to develop Tay people mountain village in Dong Thanh hamlet, Hoanh Mo commune, renovate Luc Na communal house in Luc Hon commune, and mobilize different financial sources to develop services at Khe Van waterfall.

The district is also promoting cooperation with Fangchengang, China to launch cross-border tourism activities./.

Compiled by BTA