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Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay welcomes first Chinese cruise passengers this year

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay welcomes first Chinese cruise passengers this year

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 17:43 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay welcomes first Chinese cruise passengers this year
Officials from the Quang Ninh Province Department of Tourism welcome the crew members of Chinese-flagged cruise ship Zhao Shang Yi Dun. Photo: T. Duong / Tuoi Tre

Cruise ship Zhao Shang Yi Dun brought 721 Chinese passengers to Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam on Tuesday to visit its world-famous Ha Long Bay and other popular tourist sites.

This was the first group of Chinese cruise passengers to pass through the Ha Long international cruise port this year, according to the provincial Department of Tourism.

As scheduled, these cruise passengers will spend one day exploring Ha Long Bay, and another day touring Ha Long City as well as visiting some tourist destinations in Hanoi.

The cruise ship is set to travel to Da Nang City in central Vietnam and Hong Kong before returning to the port of Shekou in Shenzhen, located in Guangdong Province, mainland China.

The first cruise ship from the port of Shekou entering Ha Long City showed a positive sign of Quang Ninh’s inbound tourism and Chinese travelers’ soaring return after the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Chinese cruise passengers are given flowers after they enter Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: T . Duong / Tuoi Tre

The first Chinese cruise passengers are given flowers after they enter Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: T . Duong / Tuoi Tre

Cruise ship Zhao Shang Yi Dun is expected to make five port calls in the city and take over 4,000 Chinese guests to the bay from now until the end of the year.

By March 2024, the Chinese-flagged ship will have brought more than 12,000 passengers to Quang Ninh Province.

The province will also welcome multiple Chinese ships in 2024.

A representative of the Ha Long international passenger port said that the 2023 cruise season started in October, with many international cruise ships from Europe and America docking in the city.

The province has received 60 registrations from international cruise ships to dock at the Ha Long international passenger port in 2024.

Among them are Mein Schiff, Celebrity Solstice, Noordam, MSC Splendida, and Westerdam.

Accordingly, over 70,000 international cruise passengers will visit the province next year.

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Tieu Bac - Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre News

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