The central province of Thanh Hoa on April 3 held a ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ham Rong victory.

The victory on April 3-4, 1965 was jointly made by local people and armed forces during a battle where 47 US aircraft were shot down.

During the Vietnam war, Ham Rong bridge, built in 1904 by the French and said to be the most modern in Indochina at the time, became a target for attack of the US air and naval forces, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dinh Xung.

However, it stood firm, ensuring smooth supplies of goods and arms to the southern battlefield.

Under an overall planning on preserving, restoring and promoting the values of the Ham Rong historical and cultural relic site recently approved by the Prime Minister, Ham Rong area will be built into a centre of ecotourism, cultural - historical tourism and human cultural tourism, a camping site and an entertainment and sports centre.

Covering a total area of 568.7 ha in Ham Rong ward, Dong Cuong and Thieu Duong communes in Thanh Hoa city, the site will include world-renowned Dong Son archaeological sites; historical and revolutionary relics such as Ham Rong and Ngoc Mountains, C4 and Quyet Thang Hills; Dong Son, Hac Oa and Phuong Xa ancient villages; and religious works.

In addition to trade centres, hotels, restaurants, cultural and recreational areas and tourist attractions, there will also be a complex of luxury villas located on the right bank of Ma River, an ethnic minority cultural tourism area and a botanical garden.

The planning will be conducted in line with Thanh Hoa city’s socio-economic development and sustainable tourism.-VNA