Thai Nguyen hosts Vietnam's first international tea fest

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Vietnam, the world's fifth leading tea exporter, will hold the nation's first International Tea Festival in the northern province of Thai Nguyen from November 11 to 15, according to the culture and tourism ministry.

The event will feature various cultural activities including a tea seminar, a beauty contest for contestants from tea planting areas across the country, a street festival, a tea culture festival, and an international trade and tourism expo, the ministry said at a press conference last week in Hanoi.

Participating in the festival, to be expected to receive 400,000 visitors, will be enterprises and importers from 10 countries and territories, including China, India, Russia, Japan, and the US, 25 local companies and 50 traditional handicraft villages from 30 provinces and cities in Vietnam.

Vietnam has a strong tea culture dating back over 3,000 years, of which green tea is the best and the most popular. In Vietnam, serving and drinking of tea has great social role in the local culture. It is a ritual preliminary to conducting business, to scholarly meditation, to getting acquainted, even to romance.

Vietnamese tea has so far been sold to 110 nations and territories worldwide.

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