Vietnam and China started to open Ban Gioc-Detian Waterfalls in the two nations’ border area to tourists on a trial basis from 9:00 am on Friday.
The trial operation of the tourist site will last until September 14 next year.
Tourists are required to book their sightseeing during the pilot opening.
A visa is not compulsory for Vietnamese and Chinese citizens to enter the destination.
Instead, they must show their passports and conduct exit and entry procedures.
During the first three months of the pilot opening, the number of tourist groups coming from each side must not exceed 10 daily. Each group includes 20 members or fewer.
Meanwhile, from the fourth month onward, the border tourist site will welcome no more than 500 tourists from each nation daily.
The site is not open to travelers from a third country during the pilot period.
At the main entrances to the tourist site in Vietnam stand some checkpoints, while many surveillance cameras were installed there.
The tourist destination opens at 9:00 am each day, while entrance procedures must be completed prior to 2:00 pm (Vietnam time). Sightseeing is limited to five hours.
During the trial operation, Vietnamese tourists are exempt from the entrance charge, while Chinese are subject to a fee of VND70,000 (US$2.9) per person.
The pilot opening of Ban Gioc-Detian Waterfalls is aimed at building a peaceful and powerful Vietnam – China borderline and boosting the friendship between the two countries.
When the site is officially opened to tourists, it will foster cultural exchanges and partnership between Vietnamese and Chinese localities.
Ban Gioc Waterfall in Vietnam lies in Dam Thuy Commune in Trung Khanh District under Cao Bang Province, northern Vietnam, while China’s Detian Waterfall is situated in Guangxi Province.