President Truong Tan Sang (center) meets with locals in Phuong Do commune (Photo: VNA)

Ha Giang (VNA)
– President Truong Tan Sang made a fact-finding tour of the community-based culture-tourism village in Phuong Do commune in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on December 10.

Home to Tay ethnic minorities, Phuong Do commune has leveraged on its natural advantages, stilt-houses architecture, and folk arts to build cultural villages and eco-tourist sites, which are attractive to both domestic and foreign visitors.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Trieu Tai Vinh said the development of culture villages in the commune is expected to boost local economy and preserve traditional culture.

After inspecting “home-stay” services in Ha Thanh hamlet, President Truong Tan Sang hailed local authorities for integrating rural development with preservation of ethnic cultural identities.

The President said building new-style rural areas must bring pragmatic benefits for local residents, citing tourism as a promising sector to be developed.

The same day, President Sang presented 20 cows to poor households in border districts of Vi Xuyen district.

He later worked with the Economic-Defence Corps 313 of the provincial Military Command which is responsible for managing Xin Man and Vi Xuyen defence-economic zones.

Despite difficulties, the soldiers have helped the localities reduce poverty, built roads, irrigation systems, and disarmed bombs and mines to bring facelift to border communes.

President Sang asked the corps and authorities to further improve local living standards, especially through the national “cow bank” programme for poor border localities, and pay heed to protecting and developing natural resources in the border areas.

The State leader also offered incense and floral tribute to 1,700 fallen soldiers at the Vi Xuyen cemetery.-VNA