Quang Binh cave festival kicks off hinh anh 1Son Doong Cave in central Quang Binh province (Photo: ​VNA)
Quang Binh (VNA) - Son Doong Cave in central Quang Binh province has been recognised as the world’s largest and most beautiful natural cave by the World Records Union and the World Record Association.

The title-granting ceremony was held last weekend under the framework of the Quang Binh Cave Festival 2017, themed Vuong Quoc Hang Dong – Ky Vy va Huyen Thoai (Cave Kingdom – Glamorous and Legendary), at Bao Ninh Square in the province.

The festival, held every two years, aims to introduce and promote Quang Binh and its outstanding resources, with more than 300 alluring, unique and grand caves, which have unique geology and rich biodiversity, along with making Quang Binh’s tourism a spearhead industry of the locality.

The festival kicked off on June 17, attracting the participation of Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan, leaders of Quang Binh province, locals and tourists.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, chairman of Quang Binh province’s People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Hoai highlighted Quang Binh as a new destination attracting both local and international tourists with its unique tourism products.

“With its charming mystery and grandeur, unspoiled beauty, Quang Binh is truly ’the kingdom of caves’ and a paradise for visitors,” Hoai said.

Also at the opening night, famous artists such as My Linh, My Tam, Anh Tho, Trong Tan and Dinh Huong performed to the audiences.

Quang Binh Cave Festival 2017, which runs until June 25, features a range of activities, including Quang Binh cave discovery, a parade, boat and kayak racing, sports contests and an EDM Beach Party.

Quang Binh is famous for its cave, incredible mountain scenery and sprawling beaches. Its Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park was recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 thanks to its impressive scenery and archaeological value.

Quang Binh is also where American fantasy movie Pan in Neverland and American blockbuster Kong: Skull Island were filmed.-VNA