Vietnam's biennial tea festival gets new name, adds more days

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The 4th biennial Tea Culture Festival, which this year will be called the 4th Tea Culture Week, kicks off December 21 and will run for seven days instead of four, as in previous years.

It will be held at four venues in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong Province: Bao Lam District, Bao Loc Town, Da Lat Town and Duy Linh District.

Bui Thang, chairman of the Bao Loc Town People's Committee, was quoted in Lam Dong newspaper as saying late last month that the event's main focus is the promotion of tea culture of B'Lao (the former name of Bao Loc Town) rather than festivities.

The major events, including the international tea seminar and exhibition of local tea enterprises, will be held in Bao Loc Town, which has been dubbed by local media as "the capital of tea."

Other events which will praise tea growers and present the culture of tea to visitors will also take place in the other three venues, The Thao & Van Hoa reported on December 7.

The festival, which has been held every two years since 2006, aims to bolster respect for Vietnam's traditional tea culture, promote the domestic and regional tea industries, and boost the tea trade.

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With more than 24,000 hectares dedicated to the cultivation of tea, Lam Dong Province accounts for over 20 percent of the country's total tea farmland and 90 percent of it in southern Vietnam, government data showed.

Tea is one of Vietnam's 28 main exports, according to General Statistics Office.  

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