Cherry blossom - yellow ochna flower festival to open in Quang Ninh
The 2018 Cherry blossom – Yen Tu yellow ochna flower festival will take place in the northern province of Quang Ninh from March 24th-28th, as part of National Tourism Year 2018.
The 2016 Cherry blossom – Yen Tu yellow ochna flower festival. (Photo: Quang Ninh newspaper)
The festival was held in Ha Long city for the last four years, with this the first time it will take place at the Yen Tu relic site of Uong Bi city, also the land of founding Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen.
The yellow ochna flower is indigenous to the area near Yen Tu Mountain. Legend has it that the species was grown in the area by King Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308), the third King of the Tran Dynasty.
The King abdicated when he was 35 and spent the rest of his life on Yen Tu Mountain practicing and propagating Buddhism. He founded the first Vietnamese School of Buddhism called “Thien Tong” or Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen on the 1,068m-high Yen Tu Mountain.
The Cherry blossom – Yen Tu ochna flower festival has drew the participation of many Vietnamese and Japanese businesses and visitors over the years. It promotes the images of Yen Tu relic site and the yellow ochna flower, along with introducing cherry blossoms and Japanese culture to attendees.
Through the festival, Quang Ninh aims to promote its image and strengths in economy, culture and tourism to Japanese people, thus enhancing cooperation and trade between businesses and ties between the province and Japan’s localities and agencies.
A series of art programmes will be held at the festival, including a show on traditional and modern clothing of Vietnam and Japan, art performances, a display of 50 cherry blossoms trees, 5,000 bonsai trees and more than 100 Yen Tu yellow ochna flower trees and a trade fair introducing local farm produce./.