Mong Cai city welcomes 24,000 tourists on first five days of Tet hinh anh 1An area in downtown Mong Cai city of Quang Ninh province (Photo:

Quang Ninh (VNA) – More than 24,000 tourists chose Mong Cai city, the northern border province of Quang Ninh, as their destination on the first five days, from February 2 to 6, of the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Among them, nearly 18,100 came to the city via the Mong Cai International Border Gate, according to the city’s culture and information division.

On February 5 – the first day of the Year of the Pig, the local administration held a programme to welcome the first foreign visitors who were nearly 200 Chinese from Guangxi province.

Over 5,300 holidaymakers set foot in the city on that day alone, about 4,000 of whom arrived via the Mong Cai International Border Gate.

Meanwhile, more than 200 Vietnamese visited China via this port of entry the same day.

On February 6, the tourist number in Mong Cai rose to nearly 9,600.

The culture and information division said authorised forces at the border gate has promoted the handling of exit-entry procedures so as to create the best possible conditions for travel activities.-VNA