The international hot air balloon fiesta kicked off in Hue city, central Thua Thien-Hue province on May 4. (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The international hot air balloon fiesta kicked off in Hue city, central Thua Thien-Hue province on May 4 as part of the 9th Hue Festival.

The two-day event is being participated in by pilots and balloonists from nine countries including Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, India, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

It features hot air balloons of 25 metres in height and 18 metres in width, offering an aerial view of Hue imperial city from a height of 150 metres.

The balloon of Vietjet Air represented the host country Vietnam during the first day of the fiesta.

The show takes place from 5:30 am to 8:00 am and from 17:00 pm to 18:30 pm with balloons taking off at Ham Nghi Yard in the Citadel and landing in separate locations in Phu My commune of Phu Vang district, Tu Ha ward of Huong Tra district and Huong Long ward of Hue city.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung said the fiesta brings a breath of fresh air to the 2016 Hue Festival as well as the province’s tourism industry.-VNA