Friendship tour connects foreign diplomats, officials in Hanoi hinh anh 1Vietnamese and foreign participants of the friendship spring trip pose for a photo (Source: VOV)

Hanoi (VNA) – Four hundred representatives from foreign embassies and organisations in Vietnam took part in a spring trip around the Co Loa historical relic site and Dao Thuc water puppetry village in Hanoi on March 24.

The tour was organised by the Hanoi Union of Friendship Associations and the municipal Tourism Department, with both destinations located in Dong Anh district.

In Co Loa – the biggest and most ancient citadel in Vietnam, participants offered incenses to pay tribute to King An Duong Vuong, who built the site between 214 and 208 BC as the capital of his Au Lac, one of the earliest Vietnamese kingdoms. The destination has been classified as a national special relic site.

In Dao Thuc village, the foreign visitors were treated to water puppet performances depicting the life of ancient people in the northern delta.

Chairwoman of the municipal Union of Friendship Associations Nguyen Lan Huong said the annual spring trip not only introduces Vietnam’s cultural features to international friends but also offers a gathering opportunity to boost cultural exchange and mutual understanding among participants.

Huong said Hanoi is striving to develop an image of a safe and peaceful city.

On behalf of the foreign representatives, Venezuelan Ambassador to Vietnam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui, who headed the diplomatic corps, thanked organisers of the tour for their hospitality.

He said he believes activities for peace and friendship like this will contribute to building a better future for Vietnam and consolidating its position internationally.-VNA