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Tam Giang – Hue during Festival season

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Tam Giang Lagoon in sunsetDuring the colourful Hue Festival days, there is also an opportunity to discover a Hue of poetic rivers and folk festivities in the outer regions of the city. Located at the northwest of hue city, Tam Giang be longs of Quang Dien, a scenic spot which possesses natural ecological features and maintains the simple lifestyles of the local people.

The first place you should stop at is Dinh Thu Le village, an ancient historical site which is also purely a farming village of Quang Dien district. The small community is surrounded by the Sea and Dien Hong rivers.

The name of the village means “politeness” in Chinese. Most of the village’s historic materials record that the village was set up before the regime of Lord Nguyen Hoang who came to rule the Thuan Hoa region. Thu Le is still preserved its folk festivals well which are typical of the sporting spirit of Tam Giang. Festivities include racing, folk stories, kites flying and folk song festivities.

Next to Thu Le is My Thanh village where there are many fishing instruments are displayed, and where collections of shrimp and fish species along with artisans demonstrating the art of making fishing nets. The president of My Thanh fishery association is happy to show visitors artifacts and how to knit nthe net by themselves. Although Tam Giang people no longer live on the water, their life still is very effected and influenced by nature. They lead an unaffected and simple life almost as if they choose to ignore the bustling of the outside world.

TAM GIANG LAGOON

Tam Giang lagoon stretching out in front of My Thanh village is the result of a confluence of three major rivers flowing through the village peacefully before pouring out at the mouth of the Thuan An and Tu Hien rivers. It is possible, therefore, that Tam Giang carries the qualities of all three rivers: the gentleness and temptation of Huong Giang river, the danger and strength of Bo, and the surprising eminence of the O Lau river.

Leisurely travelling by bike, you can stop by the fresh vegetable gardens of the villagers to talk with the gardeners or help them water their plants. The local people are extremely friendly and sincere. They are happy to tell you about their gardens varieties, planting processes, crop calendars and vegetables dishes. You only need to continue on for a few more minutes to reach Thuy Lap knitting trade village where you can learn how the locals create manual objects such as bamboo baskets and cradles. Even better is having the opportunity to try and make one of the handicrafts yourself and to experience the challenges faced by the local artisans.

Tam GiangVisitors then get on a boat passing through the lagoon to reach Con Toc station in Quang Ngan. Here there is a chance to integrate into the life of the fishing village by investigating the fish traps (pillar shaped traps made of bamboo), finding Tria (a water sow), and visiting tents on the lagoon. Everyone can then look forward to a meal on the boat likely consisting of fish out of the lagoon or boiled meat served with a sour shrimp dish and accompanied by a famous local wine from Chuon village.

If you have time, you should also head to the Tam Giang Local people’s houses to be an audience for the unique Nap dance. The Nap dance is an original piece, also known as the Light dance, performed by a number of boys. Finally, you must pay a visit to the Bao La bamboo knitting cooperative to buy some bamboo souvenirs.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

The two-day Tam Giang festival named Song Nuoc Tam Giang (Water and Waves of Tam Giang) was first held on May I “and 2nd, 2010 in Quang Dien district. The centre of the festival lies on the lagoon. Locals and visitors participating in the festival have an opportunity to take tours and enjoy the natural beauty of the lagoon as well as observe daily life in the region. They are also free to take part in folk games, or try their hand at several of the traditional handicraft vocations of communities living nearby the lagoon. Additionally, many other community and sea tours to see local cultural heritage sites are available during the festival.

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