Cat Ba Island is situated within the south of Halong Bay, near Hai Phong City. It's roughly 30km from the middle of Hai Phong City, and 25km from Halong City. Generally known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf of Tonkin’, it's the largest island of the 1969 islands in Halong Bay.
The bay not solely has a romantic sandy seashore, trendy and splendid motels and resorts, but in addition a conventional tradition competition.
Held on April 1st every year, the Fishing Village Pageant is without doubt one of the most well-known cultural occasions within the Hai Phong area. It's held to commemorate the time when President Ho Chi Minh visited the village on 1st April, 1959. These days, it represents the opening day of the Cat Ba tourism season, and the beginning of the fishing season for the native fishermen.
Highlights of the competition rake video games similar to swimming, windsurfing, and basket boat racing on the ocean. Two very enjoyable spectacles are the enormous recreation of Tug of Struggle and a singular and charming Dragon Dance. The members are divided into two groups and full a sea-based Tug of Struggle through which they have to pull the opponent’s boats to the opposite facet.
Dragon Boat Racing on the ocean is a very powerful and thrilling exercise of the competition. Collaborating groups embody the Cat Ba host workforce and different groups from everywhere in the nation. Dragon boats are rhombus formed. Measuring 11m in size and 1.5m width, they're very costly to assemble with a price as much as 30 million (1400usd) per boat. Every boat can accommodate between 22 and 26 individuals. The race is 1km lengthy with a flag sign at each ends, and boats should full three or four laps. The quickest boat is then declared the winner which brings nice honor and satisfaction to the successful workforce.
In recent times, the size of actions on the competition has been expanded, and this attracts numerous home and& worldwide traveller to Cat Ba, who wish to expertise native folks tradition, and see up-close, the traditions of Vietnamese fisherman.