The event at Hang Cau beach, An Hai commune, was part of a festival of backpacking tourists called the Phuot Fest Ly Son 2018 in the framework of the first Cultural-Tourism Week of Ly Son Island.

Besides the tourists, participants included local young people and residents, who donned red or yellow T-shirts and caps for the purpose of forming the national flag.

At the event

This was the first time Ly Son had hosted the national festival of those who love backpacking tourism, which attracted nearly 1,000 tourists from all corners of the country.

The Ly Son Culture Tourism Week is taking place from June 29 to July 3 with a wide range of culture, sports, and tourism activities, aimed at providing meaningful and impressive events to both locals and tourists.

Ly Son Island, 30km off Quang Ngai province mainland, covers an area of less than but it has nearly 100 relics, most of which are related to the Hoang Sa Flotilla, which was set up when the Nguyen Lords began their reign in the South of the country.

Thousands of sailors of the flotilla overcame roaring waves and storms to survey sea routes, plant milestones and erect steles affirming the national territory in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and exploit marine resources ordered by Nguyen Lords. Their missions were full of dangers, and many of them never returned to land.

To pay tribute to the men enlisted in the flotilla, “Le khao le the linh Hoang Sa” has been observed through hundreds of years by families in Ly Son island and many coastal areas in Quang Ngai.

The festival, which is held every April on the island, was recognized as part of the national intangible cultural heritage by the State in 2016. It reflects Vietnam’s history of protecting the national sovereignty in the East Sea (South China Sea), especially over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.

Source: VNA