A joyful atmosphere filled tourist sites across Hanoi despite the cold weather as thousands flocked to the sites to enjoy the New Year holiday (January 1-4).

A documentary exhibition on Vietnam’s education and various cultural activities attracted about 5,000 visitors to the Temple of Literature, an icon of Hanoi, said Deputy Director of the relic site Nguyen Thi Luan.

Artistic programmes such as cheo (popular opera) and xam (folk singing performed by blind beggars) pieces also kept Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake and Ngoc Son Temple crowded, even in the evening. A representative from the Hanoi relic sites management board said nearly 20,000 people visited the temple during the four days.

Meanwhile, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a world’s cultural heritage, attracted some 1,000 tourists a day who came to explore its historical values embedded in such relics as the archaeological site at No.18 Hoang Dieu street, Bac Mon (the Northern Gate), and the foundation of Kinh Thien Palace.

Thien Duong Bao Son, a major entertainment centre in the capital city, was also a tourist magnet during the holiday as it offered a multitude of services from dolphin and sea lion performances, water puppetry, to craft demonstration.

Over 1,000 kilometres away in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, Da Lat resort city in Lam Dong province received more than 45,000 visitors who spent their four-day holiday at renowned places of interest like Doi Mong Mo (Dream Hill), Vang (Gold) Stream, Prenn and Datanla Waterfalls, and Tuyen Lam Lake.

More than 17,000 tourists visited Thung Lung Tinh Yeu (Valley of Love) during the days, increasing by 20 percent from the same holiday last year, said Director of the tourism site Phan Khac Cu. Meanwhile, Da Lat’s Flower Garden welcomed around 9,000 coming to enjoy thousands of flower species arranged under various themes.-VNA