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Bac Son District (Lang Son Province) from the early 20th century has been excavated by archaeologists, discovered many sites, is identified as the cradle of ancient people with an ancient culture called “Van Bac Son “. This is also a place associated with the Bac Son uprising in 1940 and the birthplace of the National Salvation Army. At present, the old war zone has changed by new building countryside, developing tourism and preserving cultural and historical values.

Defining the potentials, especially the values of cultural and historical heritage, besides the investment in building new rural areas, Bac Son authorities at all levels also focused on promoting tourism development. With the orientation of making this place a source of associated with monuments, archeological sites of Bac Son culture, historical relics of the Bac Son uprising and the National Salvation Army. The district has chosen the direction of developing community tourism, investing in perfecting and replicating models for tourists. According to the head of the Bac Son Hoang The Vinh Culture Department, from 2010, Bac Son authorities mobilized the people of Quynh Son Commune to build a pilot village of cultural tourism community. Here, visitors can visit the relics, experience the lifestyle, live in the traditional stilt house and unique cuisine of Tay compatriots. Many households in the commune register to participate in the homestay. The Commune has two major singing groups with about 30 members serving both the people and serving tourists. The authorities and people in the commune are planning to jointly open the road through the commune linking the places to visit, creating favorable conditions for tourists. Quynh Son attracts more than 7,000 domestic and foreign visitors every year exploring the culture, customs, habits, and activities of ethnic minority people.

In order to continue creating conditions for Bac Son to develop, at the end of 2017, the People’s Committee of Lang Son Province has approved budget estimates for the development of socio-economic development and preservation and embellishment of historical relics. 12 communes in Bac Can Province and Bac Son security zone in 2025 (with estimated investment capital of more than VND 112 billion). Accordingly, the communes of Bac Son ATK will be built into a historical, cultural and ecotourism center of Lang Son and the region, is worthy of a national historical monument.

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Peter Kastain is a travel blogger and an explorer based in Hanoi. After spending 2 years traveling around Southeast Asia, he found his love in the culture, landscapes, and people of Vietnam. His goal is to introduce the beauty of Vietnam to people around the world - the beauty which is so special through his eyes


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